• Short Summary

    1948 London Olympics Games, Gold medals galore won and lost

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    Graphic reading 'New Olympic records thrill holiday crowds'. High angle of Wembley Stadium full of spectators, and the sun shining. Spectators watching on, and various athletes limbering up for their events. Line up for the men's 50 km walk, and start of race. Walkers walking round corner of track, and spectators watching. Walkers walking around the track, then walking out of the stadium. Close up spectators watching, as the lead walkers walk away from Wembley, with the stadium in the background. Close ups of lead walkers, then Great Britain's Tebbs Lloyd Johnson walking and smiling.
    Action from the men's 400 metres hurdles final next, and the start of race. Close up of runners on the back straight, and spectators shouting. High angle of end of race, with USA's Roy Cochran taking the gold medal, Sri Lanka's Duncan White the silver, and Sweden's Rune Larsson the bronze.
    High pan of interior of the Empire Pool, where the men's springboard diving is taking place. High angle of USA diver jumping from board, then underwater shot of him landing. Close up of USA's Bruce Harlan, who won the gold medal, performing acrobatic dive, and applauding female spectator. Pan from Harlan in pool up to applauding spectators and officials. Harlan getting out of pool, then smiling close up to camera. Close up pan from Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands to the Shah of Persia. Nice high angle of start of men's 100 metres freestyle final, and swimmers making the turn. Close up applauding spectators, end of race, with USA's Wally Ris winning the gold medal, USA's Alan Ford the silver, and Hungary's Geza Kadas the bronze. Nice shot Ris and Ford shaking hands in pool.
    Back to the men's walk, and close up of boy scout holding the '30 km' sign to camera. Close up of race leader John Ljunggren of Sweden. Walker stopping at drinks station, and walking off.
    Athletics action again, and action from the men's hammer final. Close up of hammer thrower's feet, then close up hammer thrower throwing his hammer. Mid shot of Hungary's Imre Nemeth, who wins the gold medal, throwing his hammer. Low angle of USA's Herb Douglas performing jump in the men's long jump final, then USA's Willie Steele performing jump to win the gold medal. Spectators applaud.
    Back to the men's walk, and walkers walking back towards Wembley, with the stadium in the background. Lead walkers approaching the stadium.
    Back to the athletics, and the men's 100 metres final. Sprinter on the start line, then start of race. End of race, with USA's Harrison Dillard taking the gold medal, USA's Barney Ewell the silver, despite thinking he'd won, and Panama's Lloyd LaBeach the bronze. Spectators watching, and close up of Great Britain's Alastair McCorquodale and McDonald Bailey looking at camera. Spectators watching on.
    Men's walk again, and lead walker, Sweden's John Ljunggren, entering the stadium to finish the race. Close up Lundgren, then 'the volatile' Gaston Godel of Switzerland, waving his hat to the spectators, and behaving like a 'prima donna late for a rehearsal', according to the voice over. Funny close up of Godel as he smiles and waves his hat around frantically, then stops, thinking that he's finished, before realising he has another lap to complete. 'Back you go brother!' says the voice over. Ljunggren crossing the line to take the gold medal, then Godel crossing the line to take silver, taking his hat off and standing with his hands on his hips having finished. Great shot of Great Britain's Tebbs Lloyd Johnson crossing the line for the bronze, and then breaking into a jaunty jog.

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    Film ID:
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    Unissued / unused
    British Pathé
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    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    10:08:33 / 10:13:55

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