• Short Summary

    IN ATHENS, THE FIRST DAY OF THE EUROPEAN GAMES ENDED YESTERDAY WITH EAST GERMANY HEADING THE MEDALS TABLE, AND WEST GERMANY ANNOUNCING THAT IT WOULD NOT TAKE PART IN THE GAMES BECAUSE OF A DISPUTE INVOLVING A TEAM MEMBER WHO DEFECTED TO THE WEST FROM EAST GERMANY LESS THAN THREE YEARS AGO.

  • Description

    IN ATHENS, THE FIRST DAY OF THE EUROPEAN GAMES ENDED YESTERDAY WITH EAST GERMANY HEADING THE MEDALS TABLE, AND WEST GERMANY ANNOUNCING THAT IT WOULD NOT TAKE PART IN THE GAMES BECAUSE OF A DISPUTE INVOLVING A TEAM MEMBER WHO DEFECTED TO THE WEST FROM EAST GERMANY LESS THAN THREE YEARS AGO. FORMER EAST GERMAN ATHLETE AND WEST GERMAN FAVOURITE FOR THE 5-THOUSAND METRES, JURGEN MAY, WAS BARRED UNDER A RULE FORBIDDING A COMPETITOR FROM ONE NATIONALITY FROM REPRESENTING ANOTHER WITHIN THREE YEARS.....BUT TODAY, THE WEST GERMANS ANNOUNCED THAT THEY WOULD TAKE PART IN SOME OF THE EVENTS.

    GREEK REGENT LIEUTENANT-COLONEL ZOETAKIS FORMALLY DECLARED OPEN THE GAMES -- THE NINTH IN THE EUROPEAN ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS. BALLOONS WERE RELEASED INTO THE AIR, AND THEN THE NATIONAL TEAMS MADE THEIR TRADITIONAL MARCH-PAST. IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE PARADE, THE WEST GERMAN TEAM WALKED OUT OF THE GAMES.

    SOVIET ATHLETE NADIEZHDA CHIZHOVA EQUALLED THE WOMEN'S WORLD SHOT RECORD WITH A THROW OF 65FT 11 1/4 INS (20.10 METRES) SHE EQUALLED THE RECORD SET LAST WEEK BY EAST GERMAN MARGITTA GUMMEL, THE RUSSIAN'S GREATEST RIVAL FOR THE EUROPEAN TITLE.

    THE EAST GERMANS HEADED THE MEDAL TABLE AT THE END OF THE FIRST DAY WITH ONE MEDAL OF EACH VARIETY. THEIR GOLD WAS WON BY DEFENDING CHAMPION JURGEN HAASE IN THE 10-THOUSAND METRES. MIKE TAAG, OF BRITAIN TOOK THE SILVER, AND NIKOLAI SVIRIDOV, OF THE USSR, THE BRONZE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA51HBBLTQL7ZXZMAZ542GE4GA8
    Media URN:
    VLVA51HBBLTQL7ZXZMAZ542GE4GA8
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/09/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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