• Short Summary

    The first national athletics meeting held in Britain for the blind and partially blind was held in London on Saturday (4 June).

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    The first national athletics meeting held in Britain for the blind and partially blind was held in London on Saturday (4 June).

    SYNOPSIS: The meeting was organised by the Metropolitan Sports and Social Club for the Visually Handicapped (METRO) as part of the celebrations for Queen Elizabeth's Silver Jubilee. METRO was founded in 1973 by a group of young visually handicapped people who felt there were not enough sporting facilities and activities for blind and partially blind people.

    More than 80 athletes from all over Britain took part in Saturday's meeting at the East London Stadium at Mile End. Blind athletes compete against the clock in running events, while those with some sight take part in normal races. Here Miss L. Brown completed her 60 metre sprint in 10.4 seconds.

    Jimmy Wright, who's totally blind, was not so lucky in his event, he finished off the track while competing in the 60 metre sprint.

    The chairman of METRO, Mike Brace, also competed in the same event. The blind athletes are guided by an official with a loudhailer to help them complete the course.

    But even with such help, some still end up off the track, as did Narendra Mehta.

    Mike Brace was also in action in the long jump. He said it was hoped that the games would not be the last such event organised for visually handicapped people. Margaret Sheridan, who is partially blind, won the women's high jump.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7HN2O4BI1GFTBJPW8HTSESYZT
    Media URN:
    VLVA7HN2O4BI1GFTBJPW8HTSESYZT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/06/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:00:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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