Ivan Mauger of New Zealand won his fourth world Speedway title on Saturday night (16 September) at Wembley in London.
GV Start of second heat and heat in progress, with New Zealander Briggs leading and winning.
GV Start of fifth heat and race in progress and contestants crashing with Soviet contestant Chlinovskij landing on feet and Briggs (New Zealand) down and injured
SV Chlinovskij walking from track.
SV Briggs carried away on stretcher.
SV Start of final heat and New Zealander Mauger leading throughout and winning.
SV Mauger receiving medal and garland. (2 shots)
Initials RW/VS 11.56 RW/VS 12.08
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Background: Ivan Mauger of New Zealand won his fourth world Speedway title on Saturday night (16 September) at Wembley in London.
He beat Swedish star Bernt Persson in a run-off for the title.
Mauger later admitted that he had his share of luck in twenty heats of racing.
And his biggest rivals, fellow New Zealander Barry Briggs, and Ole Olson of Sweden, both suffered mishaps. Briggs was injured in a fall and Olsen dropped out of one heat after sliding into the safety fence.
Briggs was later admitted to hospital with serious injuries to his left hand.
SYNOPSIS: The World Speedway championships at Wembley Stadium in London. This is the second heat in a series of twenty. The lead was taken very early by a man who has won the world title four times -- Barry Briggs of New Zealand. Briggs went onto win the heat from countryman Ivan Mauger with Alexander Pavlov of Russia third.
The fifth heat.....and here Briggs' luck ran out. The New Zealander fell and was run into by the Russian Grigory Chlinovskij.
Chlinovskij was able to walk away from the crash but Briggs was admitted to hospital with serious injuries to his left hand.
The final was a run-off between Ivan Mauger and Sweden's Bernt Persson, with thirteen championship points each. Mauger led throughout to win the title.
It was the fourth time Mauger, now thirty-two, had won the world title but the New Zealander was quick to admit that the misfortune of Briggs had made his task easier this year.