Sport: Showcases for the No-Shows

Olympic records fall in rival Soviet-bloc games

As was often pointed out during the Olympics in Los Angeles, the athletes were competing not only against each other but against invisible opponents: the athletes of the Soviet-bloc nations that boycotted the Games. The question persisted: How might the results have differed if the Soviets and East Europeans had been there? Some answers, plus a few tantalizing speculations, emerged from two Communist-sponsored meets last week. In Moscow and several Soviet-bloc countries an event called the Friendship '84 Games was being staged. In Hungary the eighth annual Budapest Grand Prix was held. The news...

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