1978 MEN'S PRELIMINARY 1

After five years in Rotonda, Florida, The Superstars moved to the Bahamas for the 1978 season. Water skier Wayne Grimditch had finished third in the 1976 final, but could not participate in 1977 due to injury. He returned to competition and barely beat Austrian Olympic ski champion Franz Klammer, himself a veteran of American and European Superstars competitions. With the pool in Freeport 25 yards instead of meters, the swimming records were re-written and Portland Trail Blazer power forward Maurice Lucas swam 24.62 to set a 50 yard record. Grimditch posted a rowing time of 37.26, which was credited as a new record (Peter Snell's 36.17 from the World Superstars was never recognized as a record). Auto racer Tom Sneva captured a spot in the final helped by a win in a new event, the closest-to-the-pin golf which replaced the baseball hit.

Freeport-Lucaya, Bahamas

Competition Dates: September 10-11, 1977.

Air Date: January 8, 1978.

Announcer: N/A.

PLC. NAME, SPORT
TEN SWIM WL 100 HALF BIKE BOWL ROW GOLF OC TOTAL
MONEY
1. Wayne Grimditch, Water Skiing
10
10
52
$15,200
2. Franz Klammer, Alpine Skiing
4
10
10
10
7
10
51
$10,100
3. Maurice Lucas, Basketball
10
7
27
$5,200
4. Tom Sneva, Auto Racing
10
25
$2,500
5. Paul Westphal, Basketball
10
23
$2,300
6. Denis Potvin, Ice Hockey
10
18
$1,800
N/A. Guy Drut, 110 Hurdles
N/A
N/A
N/A. Phil Esposito, Ice Hockey
N/A
N/A
N/A. Artis Gilmore, Basketball
N/A
N/A
N/A. Elvin Hayes, Basketball
4
N/A
N/A
N/A. Calvin Murphy, Basketball
N/A
N/A
N/A. John Naber, Swimming
N/A
N/A

INDIVIDUAL EVENT RESULTS

SWIMMING - 50 Yards - Maurice Lucas - 24.62r

WEIGHT LIFTING - Denis Potvin - 240

HALF MILE RUN - Franz Klammer - 2:14.62

BIKE RACE - Half Mile - Franz Klammer - 1:11.41

ROWING - Wayne Grimditch - 37.26

OBSTACLE COURSE - Franz Klammer - 26.39

e = estimated time

r = Superstars record

N/A = result not available

dnf - did not finish

nm - no mark

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