• Short Summary

    THE CZECHOSLOVAKIAN GOLD MEDALLIST IN THE WOMEN'S GYMNASTIC EVENTS, VERA CASLAVSKA WAS MARRIED IN MEXICO CITY ON SATURDAY TO COMPATRIOT AND 1964 OLYMPIC 1500 METRES SILVER MEDALLIST, JOSEF OZLOZIL.

  • Description


    MARRIAGE CEREMONY AT CZECH LEGATION; SOLEMNISATION CEREMONY AT CATHEDRAL.




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    Background: THE CZECHOSLOVAKIAN GOLD MEDALLIST IN THE WOMEN'S GYMNASTIC EVENTS, VERA CASLAVSKA WAS MARRIED IN MEXICO CITY ON SATURDAY TO COMPATRIOT AND 1964 OLYMPIC 1500 METRES SILVER MEDALLIST, JOSEF OZLOZIL. HE WAS UNPLACED IN THIS YEAR'S 1500 METRES FINAL.

    THE FORMAL MARRIAGE CEREMONY WAS CONDUCTED AT THE CZECHOSLOVAKIAN LEGATION. MAIDS OF HONOUR WERE THREE MEMBERS OF THE JAPANESE WOMEN'S GYMNASTIC TEAM. AMONG THE GUESTS WAS THE FORMER CZECH ATHLETE AND COACH EMIL ZATOPEK.

    THE CIVIL CEREMONY AT THE LEGATION PASSED WITHOUT INCIDENT. HOWEVER, THERE WAS A SITUATION DESCRIBED AS 'BEDLAM' AT THE SOLEMNISATION SERVICE HELD AT THE ZOCALO ROMAN CATHOLIC CATHEDRAL LATER IN MEXICO CITY.

    SIGHTSEERS JOSTLED WITH REPORTERS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS INSIDE THE CATHEDRAL, AND ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION THE COUPLE THEMSELVES WERE PUSHED BY THE OVER-ENTHUSIASTIC CROWD. PRIESTS APPEALED FOR ORDER AND RESPECT DURING THE SERVICE, BUT THEIR REQUESTS WERE ALMOST IGNORED AS PEOPLE STOOD ON BENCHES, OR CLIMBED PILLARS TO WATCH THE SERVICE.

    MISS CASLAVSKA CREATED OLYMPIC HISTORY DURING THE OLYMPIC GAMES BY WINNING FOUR INDIVIDUAL GOLD MEDALS. SHE AND HER HUSBAND WERE DUE TO RETURN TO CZECHOSLOVAKIA TODAY (MONDAY) WITH THE REMAINDER OF THE CZECHOSLOVAKIAN TEAM.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8GWDD5XPNN3R4U17PXK2IO789
    Media URN:
    VLVA8GWDD5XPNN3R4U17PXK2IO789
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/10/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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