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    The ancient sport of chariot racing -- first made popular by the Romans in Italy thousands of years ago -- is again flourishing in the north-western states of the United States.

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    The ancient sport of chariot racing -- first made popular by the Romans in Italy thousands of years ago -- is again flourishing in the north-western states of the United States. In the country fairs of Utah, Idaho, Montana and Washington, horse-drawn chariots speeding down a quarter-mile track are a common sight. There is even a world championship.

    The years have brought considerable changes to the style of racing. Whereas the Romans gallopped round in heavy, richly-decorated chariots, the modern charioteer stands in a flimsy metal construction weighting only a hundred pounds (45 kilogrammes). Furthermore, while the Roman charioteers used to race round and round a bib circuit trying every kind of vicious trick to overturn their opponents -- their modern American counterparts have not time to look at anyone else. The race is usually over in around 23 seconds.

    In the recent world championships, the riders of Idaho lost the title for the first time, when a young charioteer from northern Utah took first place in a photo finish.

    SYNOPSIS: The ancient sport of chariot-racing -- first made popular by the Romans in Italy thousands of years ago -- is again flourishing in the north-western United States.

    The races no longer take place in the heat and dust of the Roman arena -- but at the country fairs of Idaho, Montana, Utah and Washington.

    The Roman charioteers used to race round and round a large arena trying every kind of vicious trick to overturn the other contestants. But their modern American counterparts hardly have time to think about anyone else: the race -- run over a quarter of a mile -- is finished in about twenty three seconds.

    Up till now the riders of Idaho have reigned supreme. But at this year's world championship a young charioteer from northern Utah took first prize in a photo finish.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2XFF3WLJ0VSWGIE4NPF5FSA88
    Media URN:
    VLVA2XFF3WLJ0VSWGIE4NPF5FSA88
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/04/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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