Zola Budd earned $125,000 and Mary Decker Slaney $75,000 for their 3,000-meter race in London last July, according to the British Amateur Athletics Board. The payments were said to have been made by ABC-TV, but officials at the network denied the story.
There was tremendous interest in the race, which was billed as a rematch of their disastrous Olympic clash in which Slaney fell after a tangle with Budd and failed to finish. Slaney won the rematch at London's Crystal Palace track, and Budd finished fourth.
Mike Turner, treasurer of the British board, revealed the figures at the European Athletics Union Congress in Oslo.
Derek Johnson, treasurer of the International Athletes Club, confirmed that the Amateur Athletics Assn.'s Southern Counties finance and general purposes committee had been notified of the payments to Budd and Slaney.
Slaney's cut was $50,000 for participating and $25,000 for winning. Budd got the rest, according to Turner.
Budd's money reportedly was paid into a trust fund.