Geoff Hunt of Australia became the first officially recognised world champion of the sport of squash when he won the British Open Championship -- which now incorporates the world title -- at Wembley, London, on Monday (9 February).
GV Australia's Hunt and Pakistan's Khan playing (SILENT)
GV Play continues
SOUND STARTS: "The pair delighted....
SOUND OUT: ...for the match"
CU Hunt serves and wins rally
MV Players embrace and Hunt congratulated
SOUND INl "One of the shortest....
SOUND ENDS: ...Cup for squash."
WOODS: "The pair delighted the crowd of three hundred -- the maximum audience at the new, glass backed Wembley squash court -- with a determinedly close and exhausting match. But at the end of nearly five sets and two and a quarter hours it was Geoff Hunt who served for the match. One of the shortest rallies of the match gives Geoff Hunt victory by 7-9, 9-4, 8-10, 9-2, 9-2 to take the british Open and the first World Cup for squash."
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The film includes a commentary by BBC newscaster Peter Woods. A transcript appears below:
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Background: Geoff Hunt of Australia became the first officially recognised world champion of the sport of squash when he won the British Open Championship -- which now incorporates the world title -- at Wembley, London, on Monday (9 February).
Hunt, who has been at the top of the sport for several years, defeated 20-year-old Pakistani Mohibullah Khan, who had dismissed last year's champion in the semi-final.
Squash is a fast and tiring game played with rackets and a small hard ball in a walled court -- and the final lasted for 130 minutes, only three minutes short of the longest match on record.
Besides the honour of the world title Hunt took GBP10,000 (about 20,000 U.S. dollars) -- the biggest in the game's history.