• Short Summary

    The World Freestyle Wrestling Championships got off to a bright start in Sofia on Friday (27 August) as the mammoth 216-strong entry eased into muscled action on the opening day of the tournament.

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    The World Freestyle Wrestling Championships got off to a bright start in Sofia on Friday (27 August) as the mammoth 216-strong entry eased into muscled action on the opening day of the tournament.

    Wrestling takes second place only to soccer in Bulgaria, and an estimated 20,000 spectators turned out to watch Friday's bouts. This year's competitors are representing 32 countries and weights ranging from paperweight (85 lbs, about 48 kilogrammes) to the super heavyweight (open limit).

    This film, from Bulgarian Television, shows the opening ceremony on Friday and two bouts in progress.

    SYNOPSIS: The thirteenth World Freestyle Wrestling Championships opened in Sofia on Friday, attended by an estimated 20,000 people. Bulgarians are avid wrestling fans, and the sport takes second place only to soccer in spectator attraction. There are 216 competitors in this year's championships, 65 more than last year. The wrestlers represent 32 countries, and are fighting in weight divisions ranging from the tiny paperweight to the open heavyweight limit.

    A lightweight bout between Wada of Japan and Tosti of Italy provided the crowd with some excellent displays of technical skill. Wada took the bout easily and won by a 15-point margin, showing superior skill in groundwork and at one stage, dazzled the crowd with a series of complicated grapevine holds.

    In the middleweight division, Sereter of Mongolia drew with Farhandoust of Iran after a closely fought bout. Both fighters displayed technical skill during the bout and many of their moves drew rounds of applause from the crowd. Host nation Bulgaria was the most successful team of the day, conceding no defeats in six bouts. Despite strong challenges from the United States, the Bulgarians were expected to take the main honours in the championships.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5GNFYDB447U2NDO0D9HEMLR31
    Media URN:
    VLVA5GNFYDB447U2NDO0D9HEMLR31
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/07/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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