• Short Summary

    Belgium 's Emiel Puttemans and England's Dave Bedford, both world record-holders who missed the European championships in September, took the first and second places in the La Croix International cross-country race at Vanves, Paris, on Sunday (1 December).

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    Belgium 's Emiel Puttemans and England's Dave Bedford, both world record-holders who missed the European championships in September, took the first and second places in the La Croix International cross-country race at Vanves, Paris, on Sunday (1 December). Puttemans crossed the finishing line first, with Bedford only 24 seconds behind.

    It was Puttemans' third successive victory, and the Belgian showed that he had fully recovered from the blood disorder that ruled him out of racing in Rome earlier this year.

    At the start three hundred runners set off on the gruelling course and among them were 18 fellow members of Bedford's own club, Shaftesbury. Bedford himself was caught up in the males in the early stages, and was lying about fiftieth after half a mile.

    After the first short lap of about three-quarters of a mile, he had fought his way through the rest of the field and was lying tenth - about 120 yards behind Puttemans. He had taken up the second place position behind Puttemans after about two miles, and was then content to let the Belgian act as pacemaker. Bedford took the lead at one point, but Puttemans made sure that his tenure was short-lived.

    From then on the story of the race was the battle between the two front-runners, with Puttemans eventually snatching the laurels. In third place was another Englishman, Peter Standing, who was only fifteen seconds behind Bedford.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA980B33V0O6EL3FE5Q9KAVKV2M
    Media URN:
    VLVA980B33V0O6EL3FE5Q9KAVKV2M
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/12/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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