Five of the six finalists in the men’s Class 5 800m race at the 1980 summer Paralympics finished under the previous world record but it was Canada’s Mel Fitzgerald who led them home by smashing the previous mark by an amazing 26 seconds. Erich Hubel picked up the silver medal, 16 seconds back and still well under the old time. It was one of his three medals on the track in 1980. Robert McIntyre was less that a second behind Hubel, but out of the medals in 4th place.
Date: June 1980
Author: Video by permission of Don Worley, from the National Film and Sound Archive.