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    AUSTRALIA - THE WINNERS OF THE 1962 BRITISH EMPIRE AND COMMONWEALTH GAMES AT PERTH - LEADING THE 35 COMMONWEALTH NATIONS WITH 38 GOLD MEDALS, 36 SILVER AND 31 BRONZE.

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    AUSTRALIA - THE WINNERS OF THE 1962 BRITISH EMPIRE AND COMMONWEALTH GAMES AT PERTH - LEADING THE 35 COMMONWEALTH NATIONS WITH 38 GOLD MEDALS, 36 SILVER AND 31 BRONZE. ENGLAND WAS SECOND WITH 29 GOLD, 22 SILVER AND 27 BRONZE, AND NEW ZEALAND THIRD WITH 10 GOLD, 12 SILVER, AND 10 BRONZE
    ON THE EYE OF THE CLOSING, WESLEY MASON, THE 21-YEAR-OLD BRITISH POSTMAN, WON A GOLD MEDAL FOR ENGLAND IN THE 117-MILE CYCLE ROAD RACE. HE PRODUCED A MAGNIFICENT ALL-OUT BURST OVER THE 300-YARD FINISHING STRAIGHT TO BEAT THE NEW ZEALANDERS TONY WALSH, WHO TOOK THE SILVER MEDAL, AND LAURIE BYERS, WHO GOT THE BRONZE.

    MASON WON THE THRILLING FINAL DOWN-HILL SPRINT BY ABOUT FIVE YARDS FROM HIS HALF-DOZEN PURSUERS, GIVING ENGLAND THEIR THIRD SUCCESSIVE GOLD MEDAL IN THIS EVENT AND PREVENTING A CLEAN SWEEP BY AUSTRALIA OF THE FIVE CYCLING TITLES. AUSTRALIA'S FRANK BRAZIER, SILVER MEDALIST IN 1958 AND WIDELY TIPPED TO TAKE TOP HONOURS THIS TIME, FINISHED FOURTH, 1 1/2 SEC BEHIND MASON.

    PETER SNELL, NEW ZEALAND'S WORLD RECORD HOLDER, GAINED HIS EXPECTED VICTORY IN THE MILE EVENT WHICH ALSO HIGHLIGHTED THE AUSTRALIAN-DOMINATED FINAL DAY'S PROGRAMME. BUT A BLUSTERY WIND RULED OUT ANY CHANCE OF THE NEW ZEALANDER GETTING CLOSE TO HIS WORLD MARK OF 3 MINUTES, 54.4 SECONDS. HE FINISHED THREE YARDS AHEAD OF TEAM-MATE JOHN DAVIES IN 4 MINUTES AND 4.6 SECONDS.TERRY SULLIVAN OF RHODESIA WAS THIRD.

    THROUGHOUT THE GAMES, THE CREAM OF THE EMPIRE ATHLETES FAILED TO BREAK OR EVEN EQUAL ANY OF THE TRACK AND FIELD WORLD MARKS, IN SHARP CONTRAST TO THE SWIMMERS WHOSE PROGRAMME ENDED WITH NINE WORLD RECORDS SHATTERED AND THREE EQUALLED. THE WIND PRECLUDED ANY WORLD CLASS PERFORMANCES BUT THE 50,000 SPECTATORS STILL HAD PLENTY TO CHEER ABOUT.

    AT LAST, OVER THE 10 HECTIC DAYS OF SPORT THAT TOOK FOUR YEARS TO PREPARE... OVER, WITH THE ATHLETES TAKING OVER THE PACKED STADIUM TO TURN THE CLOSING CEREMONY INTO A HILARIOUS FAREWELL TO PERTH AND THESE SEVENTH GAMES.

    AN AUSTRALIAN RUNNER CLAD ION AN ENGLAND TRACKSUIT AND CARRYING AN "OFFICIAL PARKING" SIGN, LED A MARCH OF ICE-CREAM SELLERS, MASSEURS, LAVATORY ATTENDANTS AND PLACARD BEARERS - THE SAME MEN AND WOMEN WHO'VE THRASHED AROUND THE TRACK IN BLAZING HEAT AND CHILLING RAIN.

    AN ENGLAND TEAM GIRL IN STRAWBERRY-PINK DRESS AND BLUE WASTE-PAPER BASKET, CONDUCTED THE MASSED CHOIRS IN AULD LANG SYNE; A JAMAICAN, GOLD MEDAL ROUND HIS NECK, RODE A BICYCLE THROUGH THE STANDARD BEARERS; A WELSH ATHLETE ACTED AS CHOIR LEADER TO THE CROWD, COUPLES JIVED IN FRONT OF A RIGID SCARLET-UNIFORMED BAND, AND FINALLY, SPECTATORS STARTED TO CHASE THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH AS HE DROVE AROUND THE ARENA.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA57E9VEIGSA8KWHKYNYJ4S24HR
    Media URN:
    VLVA57E9VEIGSA8KWHKYNYJ4S24HR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/11/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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