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    1968 Mexico City Olympic Games, Rowing, swimming, weightlifting and running action

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    Nice mid shot of row of national flags flying at the Olympic rowing event. Pan from close up to wide shot of the start of the men's coxed fours rowing final. Officials on river in inflatable boat. Close up of front of boat showing cox shouting instructions, then rowers rowing. Final stages of the race, with New Zealand taking the gold medal, East Germany the silver, and Switzerland the bronze. Close up of scoreboard showing the results of the race. Nice close up women carrying 5 medals each on cushions to the medal ceremony. Close up of rowers, probably Austrian, in boat, with medals around their necks. Flags flying during medal ceremony. Nice action packed close up of rows of rowers during the start of the men's eights final, pan to wide shot as boats row away. Official following race in boat. Good shot showing official in boat, and press following the race in a long lorry by the side of the river. Close up West Germany team pulling away from the field. West Germany cross the line first, then Australia second, and USSR third. Scoreboard shows race results. Close up of West Germany team receiving their gold medals, including a young boy. Close up of flags flying during the medal ceremony.
    Swimming action next, with start of women's swimming final. Wide shot of spectators watching. Nice tight close up of lead swimmers as they make the turn, then pull back to mid shot. Nice shot of spectators watching on nervously. High angle of the end of the race.
    High wide angle view of the Olympic stadium interior, with cloudy sky. Mid shot spectators. Start of the women's 800 metres final, and close up of lead runners, including USA's Madeline Manning. Lead runners running past the finish line to start the last lap, and wide shot of Olympic flame burning. Finish of race, with Manning racing away to take the gold by several metres, with Romania's Ilona Silai taking the silver, and the Netherlands' Maria Gommers the bronze. Close up of scoreboard showing the results of the race. Gommers waves to the crowd as she climbs onto the podium during the medal ceremony. Close up female runner receiving oxygen on ground from medical staff.
    Close up spectators looking on, tight close up spectator taking photograph, both in the weightlifting arena. Close up USSR's Leonid Zhabotinsky preparing to lift, then making successful lift, to win the gold medal in the men's heavyweight competition.

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    Unissued / unused
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
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    10:19:09 / 10:24:56

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