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    1948 London Olympics Games, King George VI opens the games

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    Close ups athletes getting ready to perform, and pan of stadium with women's discus final taking place. Female discus thrower throwing discus. Nice close up of Italy's, Edera Cordiale-Gentile who won the silver medal, throwing her discus, then mid shot of France's Micheline Ostermeyer, who won the gold medal, throwing her discus. Nice close up of Ostermeyer, Cordiale-Gentile, and bronze medal winner Jacqueline Mazeas of France talking after the event. Close up female Korean athlete, probably Pak Bong-Sik, putting her tracksuit top on.
    Action from the men's high jump final. Zoom from mid shot of high jumper making successful jump to close up of official noting down the result. Great Britain's Prince Adedoyin failing to clear the bar, then Great Britain's Alan Paterson also failing to clear the bar. Mid shot of high jumper jumping over bar with officials in foreground. Close up of Paterson failing to clear the bar, then wide angle of high jumper clearing the bar. Australia's Jack Winter, who won the gold medal, clearing the bar, and close up of official measuring its height. Nice smiling close up of Winter posing for camera.
    Slow pan across spectators, then close up of start of men's 10,000 metres final. Long shot of leading pack running around track, led by Finland's Viljo Heino. Spectators watch on, then close up of runners as they run past the camera, then spectators. Heino pulling away from Trinidad's Manny Ramjohn and pulling away from the pack. Mid shot cheering spectators, then close up Heino and Evert Heinstrom of Finland leading the pack. Close up Finland supporters in crowd shouting, then close up of Czechoslovakia's Emil Zatopek overtaking the Finnish runners. Close up spectators watching and chanting, then close up Zatopek running, and close up more chanting spectators. Mid shot Zatopek sprinting past back markers, then funny close up of him talking to one as he runs alongside him, and pats him on the back as he runs off. Close up cheering spectators, then high angle of Zatopek sprinting over the line to win the gold medal, being mobbed as he does so. Very nice smiling close up of Zatopek as he's congratulated by official, and smiles at camera. British Pathe 'The End' graphic and music.

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    Film ID:
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    Unissued / unused
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    10:04:27 / 10:08:31

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  1. Unknown user says

    All three of the events seen in this clip took place on 30 July 1948.

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