12,000 runners of all ages gathered in Sydney, Australia, on Saturday (15 August) for the world's most crowded road race.
GV Participants before start of race
GV Helicopter overhead
SV Competitors preparing to start race (2 shots)
AERIAL VIEW Start of race and competitors along streets (5 shots)
SV Runners along street, filmed by cameraman (2 shots)
SV Winner of race
GV Sydney Harbour bridge PAN TO runners along road
AERIAL VIEW Coastline
SV Runners along road
SV Winner breasting tape, cheered by spectators (2 shots)
CU Winner speaks
O'SHAUGNESSY: "It's a pretty tough run, yeah, in the middle, very tough. Near the end I'd pulled out and it was all right. I sort of enjoyed the race at the end."
REPORTER: "How did you feel at the start with about eleven and a half thousand people...."
O'SHAUGNESSY: "I got away....a perfect start. No worries, yeah."
REPORTER: "It's a wonder because...."
O'SHAUGNESSY: I'm not going to tell you how because they'll disqualify me."
SPORT - ATHLETICS
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Background: 12,000 runners of all ages gathered in Sydney, Australia, on Saturday (15 August) for the world's most crowded road race.
SYNOPSIS: Four paraplegic athletes took part in the 'city to surf' race, and the ages of the competitors ranged form nine to 73. They gathered in the centre of the city for the nine mile (15 kilometre) race to the famous Bondi beach on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. At the start they looked like ants breaking from a nest in a confusing pattern.
Scores of people were blocked at the start and others fell in the chaos. Two people were taken to hospital suffering from exhaustion and dozens had to pull out with sore feet. The route took in numerous steep hills and passed the Sydney Harbour bridge, before the final run down to the beach.
The eventual winner was 22-year-old Tom O'Shaughnessy of Melbourne. He completed the race in 42 minutes and four seconds to set a new record. O'Shaughnessy wins a free trip to San Francisco where he'll compete in the "Bay to Breakers" race.