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    RUSSIA GOT OFF TO A GOOD START WITH FIRST AND SECOND PLACINGS IN THE OPENING ROUND OF THE 56TH WORLD SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS AT THE VAST V. 1.

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    RUSSIA GOT OFF TO A GOOD START WITH FIRST AND SECOND PLACINGS IN THE OPENING ROUND OF THE 56TH WORLD SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS AT THE VAST V. 1. LENIN CENTRAL STADIUM IN MOSCOW, FEBRUARY 17TH.

    BEFORE A CROWD OF 100,000 PACKED INTO THE LARGEST SPORTS STADIUM IN EUROPE, THE CHAMPIONSHIPS OPENED WITH THE MULTIPLE EVENT, THE 500 METRES. COMPETING FOR THE HIGHEST SKATING TITLE IN THE WORLD WERE FORTY-EIGHT ENTRANTS FROM TWENTY COUNTRIES.

    ONE OF THE FIRST PAIRS, RUDOLF (U.S.A.) AND DE. CATELIO (ITALY) SET THE STANDARDS FOR EVENTS TO COME WITH A HARD FOUGHT RACE, WON BY THE AMERICAN WITH A TIME OF 43.4 SECONDS. A SLIGHTLY BETTER SPEED WAS RECORDED BY KUPRIANOV (FRANCE) AS HE DOWNED KUNERT (EAST GERMANY) IN 42.9 SECONDS.

    A HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY, HOWEVER, WAS THE RACE BETWEEN THE SEVENTH PAIR, EUGENE GRISHIN (U.S.S.R.) AND STILLE (DENMARK). WITH A BLISTERING BURST OF SPEED SKATING THE RUSSIAN COVERED THE DISTANCE IN 41.7 SECONDS, RECORDING FASTEST TIME OF THE DAY AND CLAIMING THE SOVIET'S FIRST VICTORY IN THE CHAMPIONSHIPS. A TEAMMATE, BORIS STENIN, WAS TO FILL SECOND PLACE WITH 42.1 SECONDS. HALF-A-SECOND BEHIND, THIRD, WAS LAST YEAR'S WORLD SKATING CHAMPION, HENK VAN DER GRIFT (NETHERLANDS) WHO DEFEATED CASSIDY (AUSTRALIA) IN 42.7 SECONDS.

    THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF AGGREGATE POINTS OF THE TWO-DAY MEETING WERE SCORED BY 24-YEAR OLD MOSCOW STUDENT, VICTOR KOSICHKIN, THE NEW WORLD SPEED SKATING CHAMPION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA463ASIJQX5T7A2J41ENOSPF1J
    Media URN:
    VLVA463ASIJQX5T7A2J41ENOSPF1J
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/02/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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