• Short Summary

    1968 Mexico City Olympic Games, Athletics world records and protests

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    High, wide pan of Olympic stadium in Mexico City, and close up of spectator in sombrero. West Germany's Claus Schiprowski executing his silver medal winning jump in the men's pole vault. Slow motion of USA's Bob Seagren, who won the gold medal, executing a successful jump. Men's triple jump next, and slow motion of USSR's Viktor Saneyev who won the gold medal, performing a jump. Slow motion of USSR's Janis Lusis, who won the gold medal in the javelin, throwing a world record breaking throw, and watching the javelin for a long time as it lands. Mid shot of javelin landing. End of the men's 200 metres final, with USA's Tommie Smith crossing the line to take the gold with his arms aloft, with Australia's Peter Norman taking the silver, and USA's John Carlos taking the bronze. Close up of scoreboard showing a time of 19.8 seconds, a new world record. Wide angle, from behind of the medal ceremony, in which Carlos and Smith, wearing black gloves, have their fists raised in their famous 'black power' salute. Nice close up, from behind, of Carlos and Smith with fists raised, with the voice over saying the ceremony was 'unfortunately overshadowed by politics'. Men's hammer action next, and slow motion of Hungary's Gyula Zsivotzky, who won the gold medal, spinning before throwing his hammer, then tracking shot of hammer flying through the air, and landing. Close up of lead runners in the men's 5000 metres final, with USSR's Nikolay Sviridov leading, then close up of Australia's Ron Clarke running in the pack. Close up animated spectators, then end of race, with Tunisia's Mohamad Gammoudi holding on well to win the gold medal, Kenya's Kip Keino taking the silver, and Kenya's Naftali Temu, unseen, the bronze. Nice slow motion of USA's Bob Beamon, who won the long jump gold medal, sprinting towards the camera, and executing a jump, probably his world record breaking jump. Heavyweight weightlifting next, and close up of USSR's Leonid Zhabotynskiy making his gold medal winning lift, and waving to the crowd.

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    Unissued / unused
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    10:12:44 / 10:15:33

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