The greatest circus acts from around the world are in London this week for what are affectionately known as the "Sawdust Olympics".
GV Mexican trapeze artists The Flying Jimenez performing.
SV Rudi Schweitzer of West Germany with juggling act.
GV Mexican trapeze artists practicing and falling into net (3 shots).
MV Kris Kremo juggling
SV Flying Volares .. Trapeze artists practicing. (3 shots)
SPORT: CIRCUS CHAMPIONSHIPS
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Background: The greatest circus acts from around the world are in London this week for what are affectionately known as the "Sawdust Olympics". In fact they're the 1979 Circus World Championship. More than forty performers are taking part in the three day contest which culminates with the Grand Final on Friday (30 November).
SYNOPSIS: This year the championships are divided into four categories, trick riding, juggling, trampoline and the Flying Trapeze.
It's the fourth time the contest has been stage and a number of former champions have returned hoping to regain their titles. But as a dress rehearsal showed they're up against some promising challengers, like West German juggler Rudi Schweitser.
The Flying Trapeze section is being contested by two troupes, one from the United States another from Mexico. Known as the "Flying Jimenez" the Mexicans show just how much practice it takes to get it right.
Switzerland's Kris Kremo with the style that won him the juggling championship in 1977.
Back up above the ring America's Flying Volares. Each act is judged on presentation and content by an International Panel. Since the championships began in 1976 over fifty acts have compete against each other in thirteen categories for the title "World Champion".