• Short Summary

    Australia's first official bullfight took place at Penrith, near Sydney, on Sunday (28 September) ...?

  • Description

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    GV Pedro Sidoti flapping cloak at Toro the bull, bull charges and Pedro knocked to ground and almost run over by rescue car ZOOM IN TO Pedro being assisted
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    SV Toro chasing car
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    3.
    SV Pedro returns for round two
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    4.
    SV PAN FROM Toro TO Pedro, with Pedro stalking bull (4 shots)
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    LV Toro chasing Pedro and knocking him to ground for second time
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    LV Pedro returns to stalk bull again
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    SV Toro PAN TO Pedro and Toro running away (2 shots)
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    8.
    CU Pedro interviewed by Leslie
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    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 8: LESLIE: "You took a few knocks there. How are you?"



    PEDRO: "I'm alright, good, good."



    LESLIE: "You don't think you've broken anything?"



    PEDRO: "No, no. I need more practice, I think."



    LESLIE: "Who do you think won?"



    PEDRO: "The people say, well, the bull ran away from me ... but I don't know what it was."



    LESLIE: "You had to the bull frightened there for a while, but it looks as if it was two-one in his favour?"



    PEDRO: "He's a good bull. He's good."




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    SPORT: BULLFIGHTING

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Australia's first official bullfight took place at Penrith, near Sydney, on Sunday (28 September) ... and it turned out to be a victory for the bull.

    Spanish migrant Pedro Sidoti will go down on the record books as Australia's first matador, but his performance against Toro -- a 680 kilogramme (1,490 pound) Brahman bull -- in the improvised ring would never have caught the eyes of talent scouts at home.

    Animal protection officials had stipulated that Pedro could not use a sword, so armed with only a fast pair of legs and the traditional matador's red cape, he faced the bull, dwarfed by its size. Toro looked bored by the whole proceedings, and circled the ring, occasionally snorting at the ten thousand strong crowd of curious spectators.

    Then he decided to act. A swift charge, a brief encounter ... and Pedro hit the dust with a little help from the bull's horns. But his troubles had not ended there. As the matador lay outstretched on the ground, an official car, speeding to his rescue, almost ran him over.

    Toro decided that was not fair ... and began to chase the car carrying the dust-covered Pedro.

    Nothing daunted, Pedro tried his mediatorial skills against the bull again. The brave 5 foot 3 inch (1.6 metre) Spaniard marched into the ring again, waving his red cloak. The opponents circled each other warily ... and Pedro hit the dust a second time ... again with Toro's assistance.

    In he went for a third attempt ... but Toro had decided he had enough. One look at the valiant Pedro ... and the called it a day. Two-one to the bull.

    Interviewed by Australian reporter Ian Leslie after the fight, Pedro -- who says he has killed two bulls back home in Spain -- admitted that the fight had not gone as he planned. A transcript of their conversation follows:

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    Film ID:
    VLVACID4FH86DZZZNHLOO785O97DM
    Media URN:
    VLVACID4FH86DZZZNHLOO785O97DM
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/10/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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