1981 U.K. FINAL

With two-time defending champion Brian Jacks out, the 1981 U.K. Final would see the crowning of a new champion. Challeneg of the champions winner Keith Fielding was among the favorites, but the runner-up in the event Lynn Davies looked like a strong challenger as well. However, Andy Ripley had looked impressive in winning his heat and those three looked to be the top challengers. The event began with canoeing and the record holder Jim Fox, who had won the past masters, could only muster a fourth place finish it was evident that the quality of competition would be high. Fielding easily won the 100 meters over Ripley and then added a third stright win in the bike race. After three events Fielding had three wins and was well ahead of the challengers. But Fielding failed to score in cricket, which was won by Mick Channon with an excellent score of 22 points. The 600 meter steeplechase was a great race as Lynn Davies lost for the first time ever as Ripley sprinted past him in the final 40 meters. Fox, not surprisingly, won the swimming as Jenkins edged Ripley for second. The rifle shooting was very competitive as very few bullseyes were missed with both Mike Hazelwood and Fielding scoring perfect scores. In a one shot tiebreak, Fielding hit a 10, but on the edge of the bull. Hazelwood had a chance to beat him, but fired early while repositioning himself and missed the target entirely. Davies took the weightlifting over David Jenkins to get back in the mix for second place. Fielding's third place finish in weightlifting wrapped up the overall title with two events remaining. Hazelwood bettered his previous personal record by 16 with 59 dips to win the gym test. Entering the final event, Hazelwood stood second with 35 points, followed by Ripley with 34 1/2 and Davies with 32 1/2. Whoever finished highest in the basketball would take second overall and a spot in the International Superstars in Israel. Ripley went first of the contenders and established a time the others could not match. Davies was called for travelling and then missed two more shots at the basket to doom his chances.

Bath, England

Competition Dates: N/A

Air Dates: February 6, 1981

Announcers: David Wine and Ron Pickering.


PLC. NAME, SPORT

CANO

100M

BIKE

CRIK

600st

SWIM

SHOT

WL

GYM

BSKT

TOTAL

MONEY

1. Keith Fielding, Rugby
10
10
10
0
2
-
10
4
-
4
50
£2,500
2. Andy Ripley, Rugby
7
7
2
4
10
4
1/2
-
-
10
44 1/2
£2,000
3. Mike Hazelwood, Water Skiing
4
2
7
-
4
1
7
-
10
2
37
£1,500
4. Lynn Davies, Long Jump
-
-
4
1/2
7
2
2
10
7
0
32 1/2
N/A
5. Jim Fox, Modern Pentathlon
2
1
0
7
-
10
-
1
2
7
30
N/A
6. David Jenkins, 400 Meters
0
-
1
1/2
-
7
4
7
1
0
20 1/2
N/A
7. Mick Channon, Soccer
1
4
0
10
1
-
0
2
-
1
19
N/A
8. Peter Bonetti, Soccer
0
0
-
2
0
0
1/2
-
4
0
6 1/2
N/A

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INDIVIDUAL EVENT RESULTS

CANOEING

1. Keith Fielding

34.1e

35.7e

2. Andy Ripley

34.8e

34.1e

3. Mike Hazelwood

33.4e

36.2e
4. Jim Fox

34.2e

41.4e
5. Mick Channon

39.2e

6. Peter Bonetti
39.7e
7. David Jenkins
40.3e

100 METERS

1. Keith Fielding

11.4e

2. Andy Ripley

11.5e

3. Mick Channon

11.9e

4. Mike Hazelwood

12.1e

5. Jim Fox

12.8e

6. Peter Bonetti
13.0e

CYCLING - 450 Meters Road Course

1. Keith Fielding

37.10

35.9e
2. Mike Hazelwood

36.30

36.2e
3. Lynn Davies

36.60

36.4e
4. Andy Ripley

36.73

N/A
5. David Jenkins

38.52

6. Jim Fox
38.60
7. Mick Channon
38.70

CRICKET - 8 balls

1. Mike Channon
22
2. Jim Fox
15
3. Andy Ripley
8
4. Peter Bonetti
3
5. Lynn Davies
2
5. David Jenkins
2
7. Keith Fielding
1

600 METER STEEPLECHASE

1. Andy Ripley

1:44.7e

2. Lynn Davies

1:45.4e

3. Mike Hazelwood

1:48.8e

4. Keith Fielding

1:51.4e

5. Mick Channon
1:56.1e
6. Peter Bonetti
1:56.7e

SWIMMING - 66 2/3 Meters

1. Jim Fox

42.2e

2. David Jenkins

44.8e

3. Andy Ripley

45.3e

4. Lynn Davies

46.7e

5. Mike Hazelwood

47.5e

6. Peter Bonetti
N/A

SHOOTING - rifle, 5 shots

1. Keith Fielding

50 *

2. Mike Hazelwood

50

3. David Jenkins

48

4. Lynn Davies

47

5. Peter Bonetti

46

5. Andy Ripley
46
7. Mick Channon
42
* Fielding defeated Hazelwood in a one-shot shoot-off

WEIGHT LIFTING - amount lifted over body weight

1. Lynn Davies

76.5

95.0
+18.5
2. David Jenkins

84.5

95.0
+10.5
3. Keith Fielding

N/A

N/A
N/A
4. Mick Channon

N/A

N/A
N/A
5. Jim Fox

N/A

N/A
N/A

GYM TEST - parallel bar dips + squat thrusts

1. Mike Hazelwood
59
72
131
2. Lynn Davies

46

78
124
3. Peter Bonetti

33

89
122
4. Jim Fox

23

60
83
5. David Jenkins

41

18
59

BASKETBALL - dribble from half court, 5 shots against clock

1. Andy Ripley

39.03

2. Jim Fox

N/A

3. Keith Fielding

41.95

4. Mike Hazelwood

42.61

5. Mick Channon

N/A

6. David Jenkins

N/A

7. Lynn Davies
48.5e
8., Peter Bonetti
59.13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

e = estimated time

r = Superstars record

N/A = result not available

dnf - did not finish

nm - no mark

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