• Short Summary

    One of the world's great marathon swimming contests -- the 21-mile (34 kms) International Nile Swimming Tourney -- was contested by 36 top swimmers from ten countries on Friday (19 April).

  • Description

    1.
    GV PAN Flags at start
    0.13

    2.
    SV Swimmers preparing (2 shots)
    0.19

    3.
    SV & PULL BACK TO GV Start of race
    0.29

    4.
    GV Swimmers away from start
    0.38

    5.
    GV Swimmers along course
    0.45

    6.
    GV Yugoslavian boats and swimmers
    0.54

    7.
    GV British boat and swimmer (2 shots)
    1.04

    8.
    GV Another boat and competitor
    1.09

    9.
    SV Swimmers in water PAN TO trainer gesticulating in boat
    1.15

    10.
    GV PAN Crowd on bridge
    1.26

    11.
    GV Netherlands boat and swimmer alongside
    1.30

    12.
    GV U.S. boat and competitor
    1.34

    13.
    LV Lebanon boat & competitor PULL BACK TO Netherlands and other swimmers
    1.42

    14.
    GV Competitors along course
    1.52



    Initials BB/1727 BB/1742


    SPORT: SWIMMING

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: One of the world's great marathon swimming contests -- the 21-mile (34 kms) International Nile Swimming Tourney -- was contested by 36 top swimmers from ten countries on Friday (19 April).

    The field was divided almost equally between amateurs and professionals, women and men. And though it was one of the professionals, Angela Marchetti of Argentina, who took first place and the top cash prize, she was pursued by a group of amateur swimmers.

    At the line, Britain's Kevin Murphy took second place from swimmers representing Syria and the Palestinians.

    SYNOPSIS: The flags of ten competing countries made a brave show at the start of one of the world's toughest swimming marathons -- the International Swimming Tourney, contested over a twenty-one mile stretch of the River Nile at Cairo.

    Thirty-six swimmers plunged into the river ready for the start on Friday. The race is open to both amateurs and professionals, and this year there were eight women competitors among the starters. A full day's swimming lay ahead for most of the entrants, as they moved away from the start. Organisers said the field was stronger than ever before, with as many as ten world record holders taking part. The professionals were competing for prizes totalling three thousand pounds; the amateurs, for cups and medals.

    One of the first amateurs to make a showing was the lone British entry, Kevin Murphy, who was among the pacesetters. The race starts at eight in the morning, and competitors must compete the course within a ten-and-a-half hour deadline.

    Two Palestinians were among the competitors. Arab representation was stronger than in the four previous marathons. Partizan crowds lining the route could cheer four other Arab countries beside Egypt.

    Pre-race reports had tipped the Dutch and the United States entries as possible winners. But approaching the line, it was a woman professional who made the pace. Angela Marchetti of Argentina kept ahead to score a notable victory. Top amateur finisher was Britain's Kevin Murphy, in second place.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2CY3V2B25868MOHQAY0O927IL
    Media URN:
    VLVA2CY3V2B25868MOHQAY0O927IL
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/04/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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