Ice skating...and in Moscow, the Soviet skater Sergei Marchuk has clinched a place in the?
SV: Sergei Marchuk warming up before race, at Dynamo ice rink in Moscow.
SV ZOOM OUT FROM: Sergei Marchuk and Yuri Kondakov leaving the start of the 5,000 metres
SV: Marchuk rounding bend and down straight.
GV: Marchuk leading as they round bend, PAN WITH Kondakov.
LV PAN: Marchuk racing around bend, down straight and arriving at finish. (2 SHOTS)
CU: TV. cameras.
SV: Kondakov shaking hands with winner Marchuk. Marchuk puts on tracksuit and skaters off.
SPORT: ICE SKATING
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Background: Ice skating...and in Moscow, the Soviet skater Sergei Marchuk has clinched a place in the Soviet team for the forthcoming World speed skating championships with a number of convincing wins in a selection tournament.
SYNOPSIS: The tournament was held in Moscow's 'Dynamo Ice Rink' in unfavourable mild weather which softened the ice surface. But it made little difference to Sergei Marchuk, who warmed up before the races, as a large crowd watched.
The start of the 5,000 metres, with Marchuk, in the light suit, matched against Yuri Kondakov, a skater from Sverdlovsk. Right away, Marchuk began showing the skills that have made him European champion.
A 25-year-old student from Moscow, Marchuk has been skating for 15 years.
He prefers the 10,000 metres but over 5,000 he is also too fast for his rivals.
The final stage of the 5,000 metres, with Marchuk in the lead and Kondakov nowhere to be seen. Marchuk's time for the race was seven minutes 18.05 seconds...a new record for the rink.
Marchuk also finished second in the 1,500 metres, and won the 10,000 metres, assuring his place in the five-man Soviet team which will compete in Sweden later this month (25 & 26 February).