• Short Summary

    SPAIN'S MOST CELEBRATED MATADOR, MANUEL BENITES --"EL CORDOBES"--RETURNED IN TRIUMPH ON FRIDAY TO THE MADRID BULLRING WHERE HE HAD BEEN ALMOST FATALLY GORED A YEAR AGO.

  • Description

    SPAIN'S MOST CELEBRATED MATADOR, MANUEL BENITES --"EL CORDOBES"--RETURNED IN TRIUMPH ON FRIDAY TO THE MADRID BULLRING WHERE HE HAD BEEN ALMOST FATALLY GORED A YEAR AGO.

    IT WAS ON MAY 20TH LAST YEAR, THAT THE BULLFIGHTER, KNOWN THROUGHOUT SPAIN AS "THE BEATLE OF THE BULLRING", MADE HIS DEBUT IN THE PLAZA DE TOROS IN MADRID. HIS SKILFUL USE OF THE MULETA DREW GASPS FROM THE CROWD AS HE DREW THE HALF-TON BULL CLOSER AND CLOSER. THEN HE APPEARED TO SLIP ON THE WET GROUND, SOAKED AFTER A VIOLENT THUNDERSTORM JUST BEFORE THE FIGHT BEGAN. THE BULL KNOCKED HIM TO THE GROUND, THEN PLUNGED HIS HORNS REPEATEDLY INTO HIS BODY. ATTENDANTS RUSHED INTO THE RING AND BEAT THE BULL OFF WHILE THE AMBULANCEMEN CARRIED EL CORDOBES TO AN EMERGENCY OPERATING THEATRE...

    THE FIGHT WAS HAILED AS A GREAT PERFORMANCE. ONE NEWSPAPER SAID THE MATADOR HAD "SEALED WITH HIS BLOOD" A SENSATIONAL PERFORMANCE. FOR DAYS EL CORDOBES LAY IN A MADRID HOSPITAL WITH SERIOUS GROIN INJURIES, FIGHTING FOR LIFE.

    GRADUALLY HE RECOVERED, BUT IT WAS NOT UNTIL FRIDAY THAT HE RETURNED TO A STANDING OVATION IN THE MADRID RING FROM THE 25,000 CAPACITY CROWD.

    HE APPEARED TO HAVE LOST NONE OF HIS SKILL AS HE DISPATCHED TWO BULLS.

    FOR HIS PERFORMANCE, THIS 29-YEAR-OLD FIGHTER WAS PAID GBP17,750. HE IS SAID TO BE THE WORLD'S SECOND HIGHEST PAID PERFORMER, RANKING ONLY AFTER FILM STAR ELIZABETH TAYLOR.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6Q2WK5B8P0ZZSAYK3N3BAH03X
    Media URN:
    VLVA6Q2WK5B8P0ZZSAYK3N3BAH03X
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/05/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:13:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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