• Short Summary

    A huge field of 380 competitors were at Aachen, near the border of Belgium and West Germany on Saturday (28 April) for the first day of the German International White Water Canoe Championships.

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    A huge field of 380 competitors were at Aachen, near the border of Belgium and West Germany on Saturday (28 April) for the first day of the German International White Water Canoe Championships.

    The teams were from Germany, Belgium, Holland, France, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, The United States, Belgrade and Luxembourg.

    The winding, sometimes treacherous, five-mile course was turned into a racing rapid when the German Water Authority agreed to let out millions of gallons of water from a reservoir near the source of the river. Half an hour before the event was due to start, the water was let go. The river level rose, and 'white water' conditions were created.

    The competitors took an average of 17 minutes to complete the course, which ended in the canals of the ancient German town of Monschau. There were dozens of spills. Some competitors lost their canoes completely as they sped down a steep valley, through obstacle courses and over water shoots.

    The 380 competitors started at 30-second intervals, which meant that scores of canoes found themselves overtaken by faster craft launched well after themselves.

    The first day concentrated mainly on individual events. Sunday (20 April) saw a large field of doubles, and a tricky slalom.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA26EY4LTREWDDBUM0QAIUX1SWT
    Media URN:
    VLVA26EY4LTREWDDBUM0QAIUX1SWT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/04/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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