1981 WORLD SUPERSTARS

South African Grand Prix driver Jody Scheckter surprised everyone and proved that auto racers are athletes by winning the fifth World Superstars title. Scheckter's win was keyed by his early victories over basketball's Rick Barry. Scheckter trailed Barry 4-1 in the tennis final, but took five straight games to win 6-4. He also trailed Barry in the 50 yard swimming, but the Warrior great missed his turn and Scheckter took second behind Russ Francis. Francis also won the weight lifting with a lift of 260 pounds to beat hurdler Renaldo Nehimiah. Declan Burns, the Irish champion, established a new record of 55 chin ups in the gym test and also equalled the record gym test total of 162 points. Scheckter again finished second in the gym test, helping his caused by applying motor oil to his shoes to help in the squat thrust portion of the competition. Barry was off the a very good start in his rowing heat, he had finished second in rowing in the Superstars final, but broke an oar an did not finish. Both Russ Francis and Andy Ripley encountered problems with their oar locks in the rowing and were given a re-race. In the re-race, International Superstars champion and British rugby player Andy Ripley set a record of 34.97 in the rowing beating Jim Taylor's two year old record by nearly two seconds. Francis stopped rowing with about 10 yards left and failed to score a point. Had Francis taken second in the rowing, he would have won the overall competition. Ripley also won the half mile run in under two minutes. Ann Meyers, who won the Women's Superstars for the second straight year, became the first woman to compete against men in Superstars competition. Meyers finished fifth out of eight competitiors in the swimming and third out of all eleven competitors in the soccer test.

Key Biscayne, Florida

Competition Dates: March 27-29, 1981

Air Dates: March 29, 1981 (USA); April17, 1981 (IRL); May 26, 1980 (UK)

Announcers: Frank Gifford, Reggie Jackson & Jackie Stewart (USA); David Vine & Ron Pickering (UK); Jimmy Magee & Brian Budd (IRL)


PLC. NAME, SPORT

TEN

GYM

SWIM

WL

ROW

SCCR

100

BIKE

HALF

OC

TOTAL

MONEY

1. Jody Scheckter, SAF - Auto Racing
10
7
7
-
7
0
-
4
-
0

35

$35,500

2. Declan Burns, IRL - Canoeing
-
10
0
4
2
7
-
-
7
1

31

$24,300

3. Russ Francis, USA - Football
1
-
10
10
0
0
2
-
-
4

27

$15,600

3. Andy Ripley, GBR - Rugby
-
-
2
-
10
1
4
0
10
0

27

$15,600

5. Keith Fielding, GBR - Rugby
4
-
-
-
1
10
7
2
1
0

25

$10,500

6. Edwin Moses, USA - 400 Hurdles
0
2
0
-
-
2
10
1
-
7

22

$8,600

7. Gaetan Boucher, CAN - Speed Skating
-
4
0
-
-
0
1
10
4
2

21

$6,300

8. Renaldo Nehemiah, USA - 100 Hurdles
2
0
-
7
0
0
-
scr
scr
10

19

$5,700

9. Peter Mueller, USA - Speed Skating
-
1
-
1 1/2
4
0
-
7
2
0

15 1/2

$4,650

10. Rick Barry, USA - Basketball
7
-
4
1 1/2
0
0
0
0
-
-

12 1/2

$3,750

11. Ann Meyers, USA - Basketball
1/2
-
-
-
1
1
0

2 1/2

$7,500

INDIVIDUAL EVENT RESULTS

TENNIS

1. Jody Scheckter

10

2. Rick Barry

7

3. Keith Fielding

4

4. Renaldo Nehemiah

2

5. Russ Francis

1

N/A. Edwin Moses

0

Scheckter d. Barry
6-4

GYM TEST

1. Declan Burns

55 r

107
162 =r
2. Jody Scheckter

23

88
111
3. Gaetan Boucher

18

75
93
4. Edwin Moses

20

72
92
5. Peter Mueller

19

63
82
6. Renaldo Nehemiah
21
60
81

SWIMMING - (50 yards) - heat 1

1. Russ Francis

25.16

2. Jody Scheckter

26.7e

3. Andy Ripley

26.9e

4. Edwin Moses

30.8e

SWIMMING - (50 yards) - heat 2

1. Rick Barry

25.88

2. Ann Meyers

28.6e

3. Gaetan Boucher

30.7e

4. Declan Burns

33.8e

SWIMMING - Final - (50 yards)

1. Russ Francis

24.09

2. Jody Scheckter

25.9e

3. Rick Barry

26.3e

4. Andy Ripley

27.0e

5. Ann Meyers

28.9e

WEIGHT LIFTING

1. Russ Francis

260

2. Renaldo Nehemiah

250

3. Declan Burns

220

4. Rick Barry

200

4. Peter Mueller

200

ROWING (100 yards)

1. Andy Ripley

34.07 r

37.06

2. Jody Scheckter

40.15

37.6e

3. Peter Mueller

38.58

39.5e
4. Declan Burns

41.19

5. Keith Fielding

42.8e

6. Ann Meyers
N/A
7. Russ Francis
N/A
8. Rick Barry
dnf

SOCCER TEST - Slalom with 3 shots

1. Keith Fielding
3
39.56
2. Declan Burns
2
39.74
3. Ann Meyers
2
41.0e
4. Edwin Moses
N/A
N/A
5. Andy Ripley
N/A
N/A
N/A. Rick Barry
N/A
N/A
N/A. Gaetan Boucher
N/A
N/A
N/A. Russ Francis
N/A
N/A
N/A. Peter Mueller
N/A
N/A
N/A. Renaldo Nehemiah
N/A
N/A
N/A. Jody Scheckter
N/A
N/A

100 YARD DASH - heat 1

1. Edwin Moses

10.13

2. Keith Fielding

10.16

3. Rick Barry

11.5e

4. Ann Meyers

12.3e

100 YARD DASH - heat 2

1. Andy Ripley

10.41

2. Russ Francis

11.0e

3. Gaetan Boucher

11.3e

100 YARD DASH - Final

1. Edwin Moses

9.81

2. Keith Fielding

10.3e

3. Andy Ripley

10.6e

4. Russ Francis

11.1e

5. Gaetan Boucher

11.2e

BIKE RACE - final (Mile)

1. Gaetan Boucher

2:57.61

2. Peter Mueller

2:57.9e

3. Jody Scheckter

2:58.5e

4. Keith Fielding

2:58.7e

5. Edwin Moses

N/A

HALF MILE RUN

1. Andy Ripley

1:58.5e

2. Declan Burns

2:03.3e

3. Gaetan Boucher

N/A

4. Peter Mueller

N/A

5. Keith Fielding

N/A

6. Ann Meyers
N/A

OBSTACLE COURSE

1. Renaldo Nehemiah

24.38

23.4e

2. Edwin Moses

23.86

24.1e
3. Russ Francis

24.67

4. Gaetan Boucher

25.80

5. Declan Burns

26.27

6. Peter Mueller

29.48
WH

7. Keith Fielding
31.46
 
8. Andy Ripley
32.59
HB
 
9. Jody Scheckter
41.17
HB+TR
 

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