• Short Summary

    1948 London Olympics Games, Athletics medals decided at Wembley Stadium

  • Description

    Graphic reading 'Maureen shares a record'. Close up of Jamaica's Arthur Wint ready to run the men's 400 metres final, then his team mate Herb McKenley readying himself on his blocks. Start of race, then tracking shot of lead runners. Nervous spectators watch on, then far end shot of Wint catching and overtaking McKenley in the home straight. End of race, with Wint taking the gold medal, and McKenley the silver. Spectators watch on, then nice close up of Wint looking at the camera.
    Graphic reading 'Women's long jump'. Great Britain female athlete taking jump in long jump. Close ups of two athletes taking their jumps, then spectator watching on. Hungary's Olga Gyarmati, who wins the gold medal, taking her jump. Close up of man asleep under blanket, then close up of Gyarmati taking her shoes off.
    Graphic reading 'Hop, step and jump'. Male athlete making his jump in the triple jump final. Sweden's Arne Ahman, who won the gold medal, preparing to take his jump, then he takes his gold medal winning jump. Man asleep under a blanket again. Great shot of Ahman thrown into the air in celebration by his team mates, then nice smiling close up of him.
    Graphic reading 'Putting the shot'. USA's Jim Fuchs preparing to take his throw in the shot put final, then nice tight close up as he readies himself. He takes his throw, then close up of him not looking happy with it. USA's Wilbur Thompson preparing to throw, then mid shot of his Olympic record throw. Nice close up Thompson.
    Graphic reading 'Women's 80 metres hurdles'. Great Britain's Maureen Gardner looking nervous and removing her tracksuit bottoms before the race, and close up Holland's Fanny Blankers-Koen. Runners taking their places on start line, and pan along athletes as they get ready to run. High wide tracking shot of race, ending in a very close finish, then close up of Gardner being hugged by man, possibly her father. Nice shot of Gardner, who had equalled the time of the winner but took the silver medal, walking over to Blankers-Koen, who won the gold, and giving her a congratulatory hug. Queen Elizabeth and King George VI watching on, then nice of scoreboard showing the result of the race, with Gardner equalling Blankers-Koen's time but coming second. Close up bronze medal winner Shirley Strickland de la Hunty congratulating Gardner and Blankers-Koen, and Gardner putting her tracksuit on and smiling wryly to camera. Queen Elizabeth and George VI standing for the medal ceremony, then very nice tight close up of Gardner and Blankers-Koen standing on the podium for the national anthems. Lovely tight close up of Gardner smiling to the camera. British Pathe 'The End' graphic and music.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Unissued / unused
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    10:13:55 / 10:18:05

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