1978 WORLD SUPERSTARS

Bob Seagren returned to defend his World Superstars title, along with the champions from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the top three Europeans and top five Americans. From the very first event, the high level of the competition was obvious. Dwight Stones had won the swimming in the Superstars final and held the record over 100 yards, yet he was unable to qualify for the swimming final. In fact, all ten entrants in the swimming bested 30 seconds for the 50 yards. One other thing was obvious immediately, Canadian soccer player Brian Budd was a force to be reckoned with. Budd won the swimming and while hamming it up and fooling around throughout the competition, he dominated the event. Budd set the 100 yard record for swimming and took second in rowing after having the fastest qualifting time. Budd shattered the record for chin-ups with 46 to take a decisive lead after five events.

The sixth event was the 100 yard dash. Budd took a flyer at the gun and Greg Pruitt, who had run 9.70 in the football preliminaries, was out of the blocks quickly. British rugby league star Keith Fielding had run 11 seconds flat over 100 meters in his European heat and began to close on Pruitt. Fielding kept gaining on Pruitt all the way through the finish line. A controversial decision was given to Pruitt by one one-hundredth of a second even though video evidence appeared to favor Fielding (youtube video of the race). Pruitt then completed an amazing display of speed and strength by lifting 295 pounds to edge Dave Casper in weight lifting. Casper was nursing an injured ankle, which caused him to withdraw from his last three events.

Budd continued to amaze by shattering the Superstars record in the half mile run by over nine seconds, running 1:58.22. Fielding started the race in pursuit of Budd, but the quick pace and the heat in the Bahamas did in Fielding. He suffered from heat exhaustion and had to abandon the race. Wayne Grimditch out kicked Budd to win the bike race. In the obstacle course, Seagren clinched second place overall by running his fastest time ever, 23.24, just eight one-hundredths of a second off Lynn Swann's record.

Freeport, Lucaya, Bahamas

Competition Dates: March 16-17, 1978

Air Date: March 25, 1978 (USA)

Announcers: USA: Frank Gifford, Bill Russell; GBR: David Vine & Ron Pickering: CAN: Tom McKee & Ernie Afaganis.


PLC. NAME, SPORT

SWIM

SCCR

ROW

GYM

TEN

100

WL

HALF

BIKE

OC

TOTAL

MONEY

1. Brian Budd, CAN - Soccer

10

x

7

10

x

4

x

10

7

0

48

$39,400

2. Bob Seagren, USA - Pole Vault

4

x

0

7

7

2

x

7

x

7

34

$25,200

3. Greg Pruitt, USA - Football

x

0

x

1

1

10

10

x

x

4

26

$17,800

4. Wayne Grimditch, USA - Water Skiing

7

2

2

x

0

x

x

2

10

0

23

$11,900

5. Keith Fielding, GBR - Rugby

x

10

0

x

0

7

x

0

1

2

20

$9,000

6. Dave Casper, USA - Football

2

0

10

x

x

x

7

x

x

x

19

$7,700

7. Ties Kruize, NED - Field Hockey

0

4

0

x

10

1

x

1

0

x

16

$4,800

8. Jean-Paul Coche, FRA - Judo

x

7

0

4

x

0

2

x

0

1

14

$4,200

9. Ben Davidson, USA - Football

0

0

4

x

0

x

4

x

4

0

12

$3,600

9. Dwight Stones, USA - High Jump

0

0

0

x

2

x

0

x

0

10

12

$3,600

11. Grant Batty, NZL - Rugby

0

1

1

0

x

0

x

4

x

0

6

$1,800

12. Graham Eadie, AUS - Rugby

0

0

x

0

4

0

1

x

x

0

5

$1,500

12. Jochen Mass, FRG - Auto Racing

1

0

0

2

0

x

0

x

2

x

5

$1,500

INDIVIDUAL EVENT RESULTS

SWIMMING - heat 1 (50 yards)

1. Brian Budd

25.7e

2. Bob Seagren

26.2e

3. Dave Casper

27.2e

4. Graham Eadie
29.2e
5. Grant Batty
29.4e

SWIMMING - heat 2 (50 yards)

1. Wayne Grimditch

26.0e

2. Jochen Mass

27.1e

3. Dwight Stones

27.3e

4. Ties Kruize

27.9e

5. Ben Davidson
29.8e

SWIMMING - Final (100 yards)

1. Brian Budd

56.18 r

2. Wayne Grimditch

58.3e

3. Bob Seagren

59.4e

4. Dave Casper

1:05.7e

5. Jochen Mass

1:06.9e

SOCCER TEST - Slalom with 3 shots against Shep Messing

1. Keith Fielding
2
39.32
2. Jean-Paul Coche
2
41.80
3. Ties Kruize
1
38.59
4. Wayne Grimditch
1
40.00
5. Grant Batty
1
43.5e

100 YARD DASH - heat 1

1. Brian Budd

10.60

2. Jean-Paul Coche

11.0e

3. Grant Batty

11.2e

4. Graham Eadie

11.3e

100 YARD DASH - heat 2

1. Keith Fielding

10.05

2. Greg Pruitt

10.3e

3. Bob Seagren

10.7e

4. Ties Kruize

10.8e

ROWING (100 yards)

1. Dave Casper

40.50

38.9e

2. Brian Budd

38.96

41.1e

3. Ben Davidson

41.5e

4. Wayne Grimdtich

41.51

5. Grant Batty

N/A

N/A. Dwight Stones
43.47

GYM TEST - Chin-Ups + Squat Thrusts = Total

1. Brian Budd
46
81
127
2. Bob Seagren
43
63
106
3. Jean-Paul Coche
25
N/A
N/A
4. Jochen Mass
22
N/A
N/A
5. Greg Pruitt
20
N/A
N/A
6. Graham Eadie
30
N/A
N/A
7. Grant Batty
26
N/A
N/A

TENNIS

1. Tuies Kruize

10

2. Bob Seagren

7

3. Graham Eadie

4

4. Dwight Stones

2

5. Greg Pruitt

1

Fielding d. Davidson

N/A

Stones d. Fielding

N/A

Kuirze d. Seagren

7-6 (7-1)

100 YARD DASH

1. Greg Pruitt

9.96

2. Keith Fielding

9.97

3. Brian Budd

10.43

4. Bob Seagren

10.60

5. Ties Kruize

10.66

WEIGHT LIFTING

1. Greg Pruitt

295

2. Dave Casper

290

3. Ben Davidson

N/A

4. Jean-Paul Coche

240

5. Graham Eadie

N/A

HALF MILE RUN

1. Brian Budd

1:58.22 r

2. Bob Seagren

2:09.1e

3. Grant Batty

2:12.4e

4. Wayne Grimditch

2:12.7e

5. Ties Kruize

N/A

6. Keith Fielding
dnf

BIKE RACE - final (Mile)

1. Wayne Grimditch

N/A

2. Brian Budd

N/A

3. Ben Davidson

N/A

4. Jochen Mass

N/A

5. Keith Fielding

dnf

OBSTACLE COURSE

1. Dwight Stones

24.8e

26.1e

2. Bob Seagren

23.24

45.4
WH+HB
3. Greg Pruitt

24.94

4. Keith Fielding

26.30

5. Jean-Paul Coche

N/A

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