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    THE UNITED STATES WON FIVE OF THE SIX TITLES IN THE WORLD WATER SKIING CHAMPIONSHIPS WHICH ENDED AT SURFERS' PARADISE, AUSTRALIA.

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    THE UNITED STATES WON FIVE OF THE SIX TITLES IN THE WORLD WATER SKIING CHAMPIONSHIPS WHICH ENDED AT SURFERS' PARADISE, AUSTRALIA.

    THE ONLY OTHER TITLE, FOR THE WOMEN'S STICK EVENT, WAS WON BY FRANCE.

    COMPETITORS CAME FROM EUROPE, NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICA, SOUTH AFRICA AND PACIFIC NATIONS FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIPS.

    THE EVENTS GOT UNDER WAY WHEN THE PRESIDENT OF THE WORLD WATER SKI UNION, M. ANDRE CONTAU CUT A RIBBON ON THE SKI JUMP.

    FROM THEN ON THERE WERE THRILLS -- AND SPILLS -- GALORE AS SKIERS BROKE A NUMBER OF WORLD RECORDS.

    A RECORD WAS BROKEN BY THE VERY FIRST COMPETITOR, WHEN SYLVIE HULSEMAN, OF LUXEMBOURG, JUMPED EIGHTY-SIX POINT TWO NINE FEET.

    A BRITISH GIRL, JEANETTE STEWART-WOOD SOON AFTERWARDS EASILY BETTERED THIS WHEN SHE BECAME THE FIRST WOMAN TO CLEAR ONE HUNDRED FEET. BUT ANOTHER SHOCK WAS TO COME. AN AMERICAN FOURTEEN-YEAR-OLD, ELIZABETH ALLAN, JUMPED ALMOST TWO FEET FURTHER TO WIN THE TITLE.

    THE THIRD PLACEGETTER WAS DEIDRE BARNARD, OF SOUTH AFRICA.

    A MEXICAN, ADOLFO ANTUNATO WAS FIRST INTO THE WATER FOR THE MEN'S TRICK EVENT AND, WITH A HIGHLY CONTROLLED PERFORMANCE, WON SECOND PLACE.

    HE WAS FOLLOWED BY LARRY PENACHO, OF THE UNITED STATES, THE THIRD PLACEGETTER, WHO BEGAN TO SET THE TREND FOR A DAY OF AMERICAN VICTORIES.

    THE BIG CROWD SAW SOME SPECTACULAR WORK AT THE END OF THE ROPE AND THE HIGH STANDARD WAS SHOWN BY THE FACT THAT TOMMY BE NOCCI, WITH THIS EYE-POPPING PERFORMANCE DIDN'T EVEN MAKE THE FIRST TEN.

    THE EVENTUAL WINNER, KEENETH WHYTE, OF FLORIDA, SWEPT INTO FIRST PLACE FOR HIMSELF AND THE UNITED STATES WITH THIS FAULTLESS DISPLAY.

    THE AMERICANS WON AGAIN IN THE WOMEN'S SLALOM. BARBARA COOPER-CLACK, AFTER THREE PERFECT RUNS, SET A WORLD COMPETITION RECORD OF FIVE BUOYS AT THIRTY-SIX MILES AN HOUR ON A TWELVE FOOT ROPE.

    ON THE PRESENTATION DAIS BEFORE THE CHEERING CROWD, BARBARA GOT EVEN LOUDER CHEERS WHEN SHE WORE AN AUSTRALIAN SLOUCH HAT.

    THE HIGH POINT OF THE MEETING CAME IN THE MEN'S SLALOM WHEN SKIIER AFTER SKIIER BROKE THE THIRTY-EIGHT MILES AN HOUR BARRIER.

    THIS, SAY ENTHUSIASTS, IS AS SIGNIFICANT A BREAKTHROUGH AS THE FIRST FOUR MINUTE MILE.

    ALTOGETHER FOURTEEN MEN BROKE THE BARRIER BUT MANY FOUND THE HIGH SPEED BEYOND THEM. THERE WERE BIG SPLASHES AS SKIIERS LOST THEIR BALANCE AND PLUNGED -- OR SKIDLED, INTO THE WATER.

    RONALD HILLER, OF THE UNITED STATES WHO LATER WAS NAMED THE WORLD'S TOP WATER SKIIER, WON THE EVENT WITH A STUNNING THREE BUOYS AT TWENTY-FOUR FEET OFF THE SEVENTY-FIVE FOOT LONG ROPE AT THIRTY-EIGHT MILES AN HOUR.

    CHUCK STEARNS, OF THE UNITED STATES, WAS SECOND AND BRUNO ZACCARDI, OF ITALY, WAS THIRD.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAGGA8XFC477DPVAYJQAZMHGBW
    Media URN:
    VLVAAGGA8XFC477DPVAYJQAZMHGBW
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/11/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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