He got his nickname, Skeets, as a babe, his father said, because he crawled so fast "he seemed to be running." Against Renaldo Nehemiah, every other high hurdler seemed to crawl last year. A University of Maryland sophomore, Nehemiah established world records at four hurdle distances during the indoor season, and then, in his first meet outdoors, he set the mark (13.16) in the 110 meters. In May at the UCLA-Pepsi meet he beat unfriendly rival Alejandro Casa�as of Cuba and lowered the record to 13 flat. Then in June at the NCAAs he was timed in a wind-aided 12.91. Maryland Track Coach Frank Costello put it this way: " Nehemiah will do to the hurdles what Bob Beamon did to the long jump."
Aleksandr Puchkov won the 110 hurdles in a rehearsal for the maybe-Olympics.
Eamonn Coghlan set an indoor mile mark of 3:52.6.
The 20-year-old Nehemiah lost but one hurdles race during the indoor and outdoor seasons.
A winded Mary Decker set a mile record.
Candy Young broke an indoor hurdles mark.
Step by step, Edwin Moses trained to remain the best intermediate hurdler in all the world.
Larry Myricks long-jumped farther—27'11�"—than anyone had since Bob Beamon in 1968.
Steve Ovett attacked the mile, 1,500 marks.
Miruts Yiftir of Ethiopia (above) took the World Cup 5,000 and 10,000; Pam Spencer of the U.S. high-jumps at the Pan-Am Games.