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    1952 Helsinki Olympic Games, Swimming final ends in fatherly embrace in the pool

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    Lady's hand holds up card to camera reading 'Men's 400 metres freestyle roll 1'. Nice, very long pan across the swimming pool in Helsinki as spectators take their seats. High far end shot of the start of a men's 400 metres freestyle final. High shot of the swimmers making the turn at the far end. High, tighter shot of Jean Boiteux and Ford Konno battling it out for the lead. High tight shot as swimmers make the turn at the near end. High wide shot of the swimmers as they swim towards the camera. Interesting pan from passionate crowding urging the swimmers on, to Boiteux touching home in the pool, and then back to the crowd again. Tighter of official looking men on the front row of the stand watching on.
    Lady's hand holds up card to camera, writing is unclear. Shot of official looking people in the stand standing, probably for national anthem, and then tighter shot of singing. Nice side-on angle of the start of the men's 400 metres freestyle swimming final, as the swimmers jump into the pool and swim away. Quite long shot of spectators watching, some through binoculars. Tight shot of pool officials as swimmers make their turns. Close up of well dressed spectators looking on anxiously. Good side-on angle as Boiteux touches home ahead of Konno. Nice close up of his father, fully dressed and wearing beret, hugging Boiteux in the pool. Tight close up of his father getting out of the pool, and then nice close up of Boiteux in pool. Medium wide shot of medal ceremony, as Boiteux is handed his medal. Nice tight close up of Boiteux motionless, with the crowd behind him, during the national anthem. Boiteux is then congratulated by Konno, who won the silver medal, and Sweden's Per-Olof Ostrand, who won the bronze. Tight shot of official looking men in crowd. Wider, long shot of spectators applauding.

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    Unissued / unused
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    10:02:57 / 10:06:47

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  1. Unknown user says

    The Men's 400 Metres Freestyle race seen here took place on 30 July 1952.

    More footage of this event, (in particular, the winner's father jumping in to the pool, shot from a different angle), can be seen in clip 201206.081.

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