1981 U.K. CHALLENGE OF THE CHAMPIONS

The opening program of the UK's 1981 Superstars season was a Challenge of the Champions special featuring eight previous champions from the series. All four former U.K. champs; David Hemery, John Conteh, Tim Crooks and Brian Jacks; were present. They were joined by past master's winners Lynn Davies and John Sherwood and European heat winners Malcolm MacDonald and Keith Fielding. Jacks, the defending British and International champion was the presumptive favorite, but the competition was extremely stiff. Hemery edged Davies in swimming with Jacks a respectable third. Sherwood, the event record holder, won the basketball with Davies second and Jacks shut out. Fielding put himself in the mix with a tiebreaker win over Conteh in the crossbow, while Jacks was once again shut out. However, Jacks won the next three events to take a lead with 34 points to 26 for Sherwood. But it was Fielding who started to surge with a second place in canoeing and second place in the 100 meters and soccer. After eight events Jacks lead with 36 points followed by Fielding and Sherwood with 34, Hemery at 30, Davies at 28. Only the cycling aand steeplechase remained, but of the contenders only Fielding and Davies were entered in the final event. Jacks had won every U.K. and European event during his career, but he could only muster a fourth place finish as Fielding won the event and emerged with a nine point lead over Davies. Fielding only needed to finish the steeplechase and he took second behind Davies to win the Challenge of the Champions. Davies had injured his back which forced him out of the weight lifting event. Had Davies finished second in weight lifting, he would have beaten Fielding by one point.

High Wycombe, England

Competition Dates: N/A

Air Dates: January 2, 1981

Announcers: David Wine and Ron Pickering.


PLC. NAME, SPORT

SWIM

BSKT

XBOW

WL

GYM

CANO

100M

SCCR

CYCL

600st

TOTAL

MONEY

1. Keith Fielding, Rugby
1
2
10
-
-
7
7
7
10
7
51
N/A
2. Lynn Davies, Long Jump
7
7
0
-
4
0
-
10
7
10
45
N/A
3. Brian Jacks, Judo
4
0
0
10
10
10
-
2
2
-
38
N/A
4. David Hemery, 400 Hurdles
10
1
4
1
2
2
10
-
4
-
34
N/A
4. John Sherwood, 400 Hurdles
-
10
1
7
7
1
4
4
0
-
34
N/A
6. John Conteh, Boxing
-
0
7
2
1
0
-
1
0
2
13
N/A
6. Malcolm MacDonald, Soccer
0
4
2
4
0
0
2
-
1
-
13
N/A
8. Tim Crooks, Rowing
2
0
0
-
-
4
1
0
0
4
11
N/A

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INDIVIDUAL EVENT RESULTS

SWIMMING - 50 Meters

1. David Hemery

31.7

2. Lynn Davies

33.5

3. Brian Jacks

33.6

4. Tim Crooks

35.7

5. Kieth Fielding

N/A

6. Malcolm MacDonald
40.5

BASKETBALL - dribble from half court, 5 shots against clock

1. John Sherwodd

34.8

2. Lynn Davies

37.2

3. Malcolm MacDonald

38.0

4. Keith Fielding

38.8

5. David Hemery

N/A

John Conteh

N/A

Tim Crooks
N/A
Brian Jacks
N/A

CROSSBOW - five bolts

1. Keith Fielding

41

43
2. John Conteh

41

36
3. David Hemery

40

4. Malcolm MacDonald

N/A

5. John Sherwood

32

6. Tim Crooks
31
7. Lynn Davies
27
8. Brian Jacks
N/A

WEIGHT LIFTING - amount lifted over body weight

1. Brian Jacks

84

100
+16.0
2. John Sherwood

N/A

100
N/A
3. Malcolm MacDonald

N/A

95
N/A
4. John Conteh

N/A

95
N/A
5. David Hemery

76

85
+9.0

GYM TEST - parallel bar dips + squat thrusts

1. Brian Jacks

100 r

103
203
2. John Sherwood

55

90
145
3. Lynn Davies

55

72
127
4. David Hemery

44

63
107
5. John Conteh

33

60
93
6. Malcolm MacDonald
17
53
70

CANOEING

1. Brian Jacks

31.5

30.6 =r

2. Keith Fielding

30.6 r

32.1

3. Tim Crooks

34.8

32.1
4. David Hemery

34.7

34.6
5. John Sherwood

34.9

6. Lynn Davies
36.2
7. Malcolm MacDonald
44.2
8. John Conteh
dnf

100 METERS

1. David Hemery

11.45

2. Keith Fielding

11.5

3. John Sherwood

11.9

4. Malcolm MacDonald

12.1

5. Tim Crooks

14.0

SOCCER TEST - 3 goals, slalom course against Peter Barda

1. Lyn Davies
3 - 41.7e
2. Keith Fielding
2 - 39.1
3. John Sherwood
2 - 39.5
4. Brian Jacks
N/A
5. John Conteh
N/A
6. Tim Crooks
0 - N/A

CYCLING - 500 Meters

1. Keith Fielding

44.95

46.3e
2. Lynn Davies

45.15

47.4e
3. David Hemery

45.18

4. Brian Jacks

45.20

5. Malcolm MacDonald

46.13

6. John Sherwood
47.25
7. John Conteh
47.35
8. Tim Crooks
dnf

600 METER STEEPLECHASE

1. Lynn Davies

1:42.5 r

2. Keith FIelding

1:52.4

3. Tim Crooks

1:53.8

4. John Conteh

2:05.6

 

e = estimated time

r = Superstars record

N/A = result not available

dnf - did not finish

nm - no mark

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