At London's White City Stadium VISNEWS July 1 filmed the 1500-metres race of an international athletics match between England and East Germany, sponsored by the Sunday paper 'News of the World'.
LV. Towards finishing.
SV. Being congratulated (Valentine of East Germany).
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Background: At London's White City Stadium VISNEWS July 1 filmed the 1500-metres race of an international athletics match between England and East Germany, sponsored by the Sunday paper 'News of the World'.
East German track ace S. Valentin lived well up to his reputation. He took the lead a lap and a half from home and won by over two seconds in 3 minutes 44.8 seconds.
J. Winch - second place - was the best of the three Englishmen spared a tussle with German second string D. Koenig. Koenig fell as M.T. Blagrove, third, moved past him in pursuit of Valentin.
Fourth place was taken by Englishman S.H. James, fifth by R. Dorner of East Germany. Unfortunate Koenig came in sixth.
The athletics match ended with a narrow victory by England over the East Germans with 108 points to 104.
Some political spice was added before the match the East Germans demanded that their national anthem be played. East Germany not being officially recognised as a state by Britain, the demand caused a flurry among the organisers. After "friendly discussions" it was eventually decided that the match should begin with at either country's national anthem being played.