Gert Potgieter, the powerfully-built South African who a year ago broke his neck while playing rugby, yesterday at Cardiff Empire Games romped through the 440 yards hurdles in a completely relaxed style and won in a world record time of 49.7 secs.
Couple of Crowd Shots.
Royal Car drives up to front of Church.
Princess meets the Deacon.
Long shot and establishing of Church.
This church holds only two hundred, and many turned away-- They stand outside and listen to sermon and join in the hymns.
HRH leaves Church and enters car.
Car pulls away and leaves Church, and goes along Road.
This is her only public appearance on Sunday.
As the princess left the church, cries were heard of "How lovely she looks... and as the car drove off several shouted -- "Good-bye and God Bless you."
LTV. PAN Start of Men's 440-yds HURDLES Finals.
LTV. PAN Finish. POTGIETER (S.A.) the Winner.
LTV. Running Down.
LV. The three winners receiving their medals.
SV. Preparations for the start of the Women's 100 yds Finals.
Back V. Start of race.
LTV. PAN Finish, MATHEWS-WILLARD (AUSTRALIA) just beasts H. YOUNG (ENGLAND) both get time of 10.6.sec
STV.PAN Start of three miles. (3).
SLV. Race in progress, order reads- THOMAS (AUSTRALIA) PIRIE (ENGLAND) and NIGERIAN 3rd.
STV. At the two miles the order is THOMAS, HALBERG, (NEW ZEALAND) and Nigerian.
STV. PAN HALBERG No. 14. lapping two other competitors.
STV. Finish, Tape is stretched out for Halberg. Thomas is second N.SCOTT (N.Zealand) THIRD Winners time 13 minutes 15 secs.
SLV. Halberg mounting rostrum.
SV, Receiving his gold medal.
STV. False start to the men's 880-yds Final.
STV.PAN Start of race, Runners bunch together.
SV.PAN Order roads; ELLIOTT (AUSTRALIA), HEWSON (ENG) SMITH (N.Z.) RAWSON (ENG)
STV. Finish of race, Elliot wins from Hewson with Pawson thiri. Winner's time 1 min. 49.3 secs.
Initials V.L. MR/VCW
SPORT: TRACK AND FIELD
see also our Prod. Nos. 7899 and 7904 for yesterday's races.
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Background: Gert Potgieter, the powerfully-built South African who a year ago broke his neck while playing rugby, yesterday at Cardiff Empire Games romped through the 440 yards hurdles in a completely relaxed style and won in a world record time of 49.7 secs.
It was only a few weeks ago that the American Olympic champion G. Davis became the first man to beat 50 secs. for this event.
Potgieter, tremendously fast between hurdles and prepared to lead with the "wrong" foot (as he did once in his semi-final), won by 10 yards. The holder, D.F. Lean, of Australia, was second in 50.6--a time which in itself was good enough to beat the previous Empire and Commonwealth records. Lean, however, appeared unsettled when the fair-haired Potgieter, in the fifth lane, caught him up so early in the race, after only three hurdles, Lean being in the sixth lane.
A quarter-mile hurdles clash now between American Davis and Potgieter (who lost to Davis in the Olympics) is surely the promoter's ??? dream.