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Pap 10, HERITA6E. Florida Jewish News, February 15, 1980 Won Saver for Ru.nb00 in 191Z Jewish Olympic Medalist Agrees on Moscow ! ! ! t | ABEL KIVIAT, who held the world's running record, recalls old non-political sports and urges boycott of the Soviet Olympics. He is shown here with his wife, Isabel. The coup/e now lives In a retirement community near Lakehurst, N.J. New Wok ,sh Week oto by Andy Edelstein , remember what my parents Norwegian and Swedish New York Jewish Week went through. They had to run teams came on board and for their lives out of Russia in shook hands with us," Kiviat LAKEHURST, N,J.--Abel 1891 ." said. "The American team had Kiviat, the Jewish runner who a very patriotic feeling about it, won a silver medal for the Recalls 1912 Olympics the same as if we were going United States at the I912 But the moustachioed off towar." Olympics and once held the Kiviat, who was wearing a At 20, Kiviat was the world's record in the 1500 green corduroy suit and a youngestmemberofthelg12 meters, agrees with those who medallion around his neck, squad. But by then, he had want America to boycott the proclaiming his membership already won the National AAU 1980 Moscow games, in a local World War One Vet- indoor titles in the 600 and "A boycott? By all means, eran Post, was skeptical 1,000 yards during the same yes," said the feisty Kiviat, 87, whether a boycott would night at the old Madison who is believed to be the actually occur. Square Garden (he repeated oldest living former Jewish "The damn TV is too the feat two years later, American Olympian. "As an strong," he said. "There's too prompting sportswriters to athlete, I feel sorry for the other many politicians tied up with it dub him "America's most athletes because they've been anyway." versatile athlete"). training so hard. The political turmoil that Kiviat also lowered the "But we're getting a bad has accompanied recent world 15OO meter record three deal from the Russians. The Olympics games wasabsent times in the spring of 1912, U.S.A. should have nothing to from the 1912 games which prior to the Olympics. Histime do with them," continued Kivi- were held in Stockholm, Kiviat of 3:55.8, set at the Olympic at who lives with his wife, recalled, final trials at Cambridge, Isabel, in a retirement Mass., remained a world community near here. "As a "The athletes were much record until 1917 and an Jew, I mean that especially--I friendlier to each other. The American standard until 1928. $i , CALL VICI at 677-4084 or 834-8277 before Tuesday Noon for Friday's paper M OO for first 3 lines, 50 each additional line. Less discounts for frequency appearances. Classifieds are payable in advance. * SERVICES * "...repair =urvi '- our spiahy." CALL: hL lm Clyde Ferrbs Plumbing. 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Maitland area. Call 645-4976. Heritage Ads q Get Results , , ,.  ,? v.ttc c *. 02 q. . ,u .,,w .a - ,,lLo' His greatest disappointment But at the Olympics, Kiviat would suffer what he still calls "the most disappointing day of my life." One of seven Americans entered in a 14-man field, Kiviat jumped into the lead on the last lap of the 1500 meters. Coming into the straightway, Kiviat battled for first place with two other Americans, John Paul Jones, and Norman Tabor. Down the homestretch, the three-way battle continued and 35 yards from the finish, the 5'5", 1 10 pound Kiviat edged into the lead. But from seemingly out of nowhere, a tall Englishman named Arnold Strode- Jackson passed the American trio and crosse the tape in 3:56.8, an Olympic record, Kiviat was second at 3:56.9, in a photo finish tie with Tabor. Later in the Olympics, Kiviat did win a gold medal--as part of the U.S. 3,000 meter team. But Kiviat set aside his disappointment. The year after the Olympics, he won the national six-mile cross-country championship and also set an indoor mile record of 4:18.2, which would remain until Athl, 1917. for the Kiviat, along with the member. runner, Alvah T. Meyer, were Kiviat the only Jewish members of legendary the 1912 Olympic Squad. But his he recalled only one anti- Island's Semitic incident. That They occurred on board the S.S. setting Finland as it steamed from the 440- Hoboken to Stockholm. Colleagues Resented lot harder Anti-Semite Kiviat said. some to "There was this discus miles a thrower, Jim Duncan, a guy so believed cheap he wouldn't pay for his We'd train own funeral, who called me a weel 'little sheeny,'" Kiviat said, his' "How blue eyes twinkJing. "That did we remark was heard by two of rhetorically.' the weightlifters, Pat McDon- plurals." ald who weighed 325 pounds and Ralph Rowe who weighed 367. Other "They grabbed Duncan by running the arms and threatened to Kiviat fiat throw him through a port hole understand if he ever made a comment like that again. After that no worn by all one abused me." ("we would' Kiviat probably earned the we respect of the two brawny ath- discount fetes because of his title. He called was captain of the New York's athletes prestigious Irish-American paid Scholar Calls for Jewish, Christian Unity to Solve by Solly Press time has come for theJudaeo- Israel. JOHANNESBURG (JTA) Moslem nightmare of the past criticized -- Sheikh Abubakr Najaar, a 50yearstoendsothatcousins Moslem distinguished Islamic scholar could come together in Town for his and leader of Cape Town's harmony, Najaar declared, his large Moslem community, has He praised Jewry and s issued a- call for Moslem- Israelis for carrying the torch Jewish amity and urged both of monotheism despite Rabbi faiths to work together, and persecution. He recalled the But Rabbi with Christians, to help solve Prophet Mohammed's treaty head of th the problems of South Africa with the Jews as a basis for a Din, and the world in general and to special relationship and "prince fight Communism. alluded to the Israeli-Egyptian The Najaar, just returned from a peace treaty. "The peace the Cape visit to Cairo, spoke from a process is better thanwar.We Moslems, Zionist platform. He can only pray and give moral Jews, addressed a meeting support that the forces of He heads sponsored by the Western peace must go forward," he Moslem Province Zionist Council, said. T h e ci attended by several hundred The Sheikh chose his words community local Moslems as well-as carefully so as not to (Indonesianl Jewish leaders, embarass those of his co- is believed It was the first Moslem- religionists who have doubts ancestry. Jewish gathering in Cape about President Anwar Egyptian Town's 300-year history. The Sadat's peace moves toward universities ized published ' the subject. twice this Y There a Moslems ! mostly of origin, cor 118,000 J DuchinSl Najaar's r, find that There is truth, he said. message South East and SPRINKLER SYSTEMS WELLS DRILLED PUMP SERVICE FREE Estimates Cheerfully Given can sit peace. Emi: On NEW new majority cants, is exit of Student There is January but never