The best men's high-jumping performance last year was set by Ni Chin-chin of the People's Republic of China.
The best men's high-jumping performance last year was set by Ni Chin-chin of the People's Republic of China. He cleared seven feet six inches (2.29 metres) -- a quarter of an inch better than the world record of Soviet star Valery Brumel. The performance was all the more remarkable because it was achieved without the pressure of international competition, the Chinese being outside the International Amateur Athletics Federation.
So this Peking Television film gives world audiences their first glimpse of a remarkable athlete, who has adopted a conventional style to achieve his world-class performances. The coverage shows him training and studying how to adapt the precepts of Chairman Mao to his sport. There's also a flashback to his world-beating jump last November in the stadium at Changsa, Hunan Province.
SYNOPSIS: A rare glimpse of the athletics scene in the People's Republic of China. The focus of attention here is world-beating high-jumper Ni Chin-chin, who last year set the best performance in his sport.
Eight years of training paved the way f??? Ni's world-beating jump. And his physical training has been backed up by intellectual training -- studying ho??? to apply the teachings of Chairman Mao fo his chosen sport. Peking Television reports that Ni's political consciousness has been further enhanced by recently joining the Chinese Communist Party.
Ni Chin-chin strictly adheres to the precept that athletes must serve the masses of workers, peasants and soldier. This means meeting them, helping them and performing for them.
He receives letters from all over the country, encouraging him to set his sights on even better performances.
Flashback to last November. Ni was jumping at a stadium in Hunan Province. And the excitement increased as he began to approach the seven-hear-old world record held by Soviet athlete Valery Brumel.
The height stands at seven feet six inches -- a quarter of an inch higher than Brumel's record. Ni clears it superbly. His performance was all the more remarkable because it was achieved without the pressure of international competition, since the Chinese are still outside the International Amateur Athletics Federation.