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    Helmut Aglassinger of Austria has retained his title as European men's ice curling champion. At?

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    Helmut Aglassinger of Austria has retained his title as European men's ice curling champion. At the 28th European Championship at the Bavarian town of Burghausen/Garching in West Germany, he defeated competitors from West Germany, Italy and Austria. No new records were established during the event, which was marred by unfavourable weather conditions.

    SYNOPSIS: The start of the championship was given a festive send-off by this brass band.

    The curling stone is made of wood or metal. It is round, has an exchangeable sole, with either good braking or gliding characteristics and weighs five point five kilos (12 pounds).

    Curling developed as a sport from a traditional folk game.

    Burghausen is a picturesque town in the Lower Alps and is the home of West Germany's largest castle park.

    The start of the championships -- and here's Italian ace Richard Niedermair making a throw that takes his stone a distance of 93 metres (yards).

    West German Ludwig Aigner holds he world curling distance record of 369 metres (yards). Here he slides his stone 102 metres (yards).

    Curling is an individual sport -- each participant gets a total of five throws in a competition -- with only the best counting towards the final result.

    All the competitors use the same stone -- only the handle is changed. During the World Championships current West German Champion Peter Mussner sent his stone a distance of 104 metres (yards) -- good enough for third place.

    Measurement is an art in itself. Here's competitor number 10 -- Gerhard Ebster of Austria -- an acknowledged master of curling technique. His best throw was 109 metres (yards) -- a surprise which gave him second place.

    On this rink the track was quite short and a strong braking sole was used on the curling stone. Here's defending champion Helmut Aglassinger of Austria going all out to hold his crown. And he does so without apparent difficulty. With a throw of 113 metres (yards) he was once again able to defeat his closest rivals.

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