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    Japan stunned the top European nations at Sapporo on Sunday (6 February) by winning all three medals in the 70-metre jump at the 11th Winter Olympics.

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    Japan stunned the top European nations at Sapporo on Sunday (6 February) by winning all three medals in the 70-metre jump at the 11th Winter Olympics.

    Whisky salesman Yukio Kasaya was the toast of all Japan after winning the jump and his country's first-ever gold medal in the Winter Olympics. Akitsugu Konno captured the silver medal and Seiji Aochi the bronze to complete an historic clean-sweep before watching Government officials and Emperor Hirohito.

    As hundreds of excited fans mobbed the triumphant trio, winter sports experts were speculating how long it would be before the Japanese started dominating other winter sports which have always been the preserve of European countries.

    At the Makomanai indoor skating rink, the atmosphere was slightly more restrained for the compulsory section of the figure skating competition. The Soviet Union's world champion pair, Miss Irina Rodnina and her partner Alexei Oulanov, scored the most points to take the lead from another Russian pair.

    SYNOPSIS: The 70-metres Miyanomori ski jump was the scene of a spectacular triumph for the Japanese on Sunday, the fourth day of the Winter Olympics at Sapporo. Japan's Yukio Kasaya, a whisky salesman, had the longest jumps during practice, and his first official jump put him well in the lead for the gold medal. He launched himself with a good spring from the jumping platform, and scored some of the highest points of the day for his style in the air. Kasaya's jump was the longest of the day.

    His second jump, although only 79 metres, assured him of the gold medal -- Japan's first-ever in the Winter Olympics. The slow-motion camera reveals his almost faultiness style and him ability to control the slightest away. (PAUSE UNTIL CUE).

    Kasaya had assured himself of the gold medal with the second jump, and was immediately mobbed by hundreds of excited fans. Akitsugu Konno captured the silver medal, and Seiji Aochi the bronze, to complete an historic clean-sweep for Japan. The medal presentation ceremony was watched by Emperor Hirohito and Government officials, and thousands of fans throughout the country.

    The atmosphere was a little more restrained at the Makomanai indoor rink for the compulsory section of the Winter Olympics' figure skating pairs.

    The Soviet Union's world champion pair -- Miss Irina Rodnina and her partner Alexei Oulanov -- scored the most points to take the lead from the number two Russian pair, Miss Ludmila Smironva and Andrei Souraikain. The world champion pair showed their skill when they completed the "A" compulsory in one minute and 46 seconds. They went through an intricate series of Double lutz lifts, double salchow, sit spina, flying camel spins and death spirals, and finished with a straight-line sequence. Some observers claimed the turns had not been fully completed, but the international judges gave then 0.1 of a point lead over their nearest rivals. An East German pair took third place, followed by the Americans Jojo Starbuck and Kenneth Shelley.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3CIFLNFMPINKEAU3694LOVGBJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA3CIFLNFMPINKEAU3694LOVGBJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/02/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:43:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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