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    1968 Mexico City Olympics, Olympic torch leaves Athens for Mexico City

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    Close up of women in traditional Greek costume at the site of the original Olympic Games in Athens, then close up as the Olympic torch is lit. Woman in traditional dress passes the torch to a runner, who holds it aloft as he runs away. Brief of Olympic flags flying, then wider angle of runners running holding torches aloft as crowds look on. Close up Greek Prime Minister George Papadopoulos watching on. Close up of runner passing the flame to another runner who jogs away. Pan up from close up of runner's feet to runner running with Olympic torch. Close up pan from Greek Olympic badge on runner's chest to torch as the flame is passed on once more. Various shots of runners running with the torch, and Olympic flag flying. Group of runners running with several torches, then close up of flame being lit by torch. More shots of runners running with the flame at night, then close up of sign, in Greek, reading 'Athens 1896' to sign reading 'Mexico 1968'. Another small Olympic flame is lit, and then the torch is passed to a navy officer, who holds it aloft and heads towards his vessel.
    Pull from close up of West Germany's men coxed eights rowing team receiving their gold medals on the river bank, to wide angle.

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    Unissued / unused
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    10:04:20 / 10:06:25

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