• Short Summary

    It took Joe Meissner just 90 seconds and two kicks below the groin to retain his Australian Open Karate Championship in Sydney on Saturday (10 November), in a bout against Malaysia's Chuck Y.

  • Description

    It took Joe Meissner just 90 seconds and two kicks below the groin to retain his Australian Open Karate Championship in Sydney on Saturday (10 November), in a bout against Malaysia's Chuck Y. Lee.

    30-year-old Meissner has never been beaten in his ten years of competitive Karate, and that record never seemed in danger on Saturday.

    From the outset, Meissner was on the attack, with rapid bursts of punch-jab and kick combinations. The Malaysian, a Kung Fu expert, appeared to be unsettled by the Australian's aggression, and within sixty seconds had lost his balance, and fell to the floor. It was then that Meissner delivered his first "lethal" blow, a kick into Lee's groin. In thirty seconds time, he finished the bout. After a ferocious attack, he delivered a similar blow to Lee, and it was all over. Meissner had won.

    For 90 seconds work, Meissner received a trophy and a cheque for 10,000 Australian dollars (6,000 sterling) from the Major of Sydney.

    Joe Meissner has been described as "the most lethal man in the world." Apart from his Australian crown, he is the reigning World Karate Champion, a title he won in Japan last year. Someone has estimated the speed of his punches at about 300 miles an hour (480 kms per hour).

    SYNOPSIS: On Saturday, Joe Meissner defended his Australia Open Karate Championship in Sydney. Malaysia's Chuck Lee, in the dark outfit, was Meissner's opponent. Meissner has never lost a fight in his ten years of competitive Karate, and it never looked as if that record would be broken on Saturday. From the beginning, Meissner was on the attack. His style, rapid bursts of punch-jab and kicks. This aggression literally floored his opponent, a Kung Fu expert. He was down within sixty seconds of the start of the bout.

    After Lee had lost his balance and fallen to the floor, Meissner was able to deliver the first so-called "lethal blow", a kick to Lee's groin, and just thirty seconds later, a second kick, in the same place, wrapped the championship up for the Australian. It was a three-blow match, and Meissner had delivered the two blows needed to win.

    Besides the trophy he received from the Mayor of Sydney, Meissner also got a cheque for then-thousand Australian dollars, all for ninety seconds work. Joe Meissner is also the World Karate Champion - a title he picked up in Japan last year.

    Lee got a trophy as well. His only consolation was that he lost the title to "the most lethal man in the world".

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8RGGOQU1RCC091Y7ZTXBTVOV5
    Media URN:
    VLVA8RGGOQU1RCC091Y7ZTXBTVOV5
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/11/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:35:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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