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    HUME HIGHWAY, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA

    Sixty-one-year-old Cliff Young astounded Australians when he won the 875 kilometre (544 mile) Sydney to Melbourne marathon on May 3.

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    1. SVs Marathon runner Cliff Young running along road with accompanying vehicles (6 shots) 0.32
    2. SV George Person, race competitor, running 0.42
    3. SV Joe Record walking bare to the waist 0.46
    4. GV Cliff Young continues race wearing anorak in the rain (2 shots) 0.55
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    SPORT: MARATHON RACENOTE TO EDITORS: THIS STORY HAS A CHANNEL SEVEN COMMENTARY WHICH MAY BE USED IF REQUIRED.
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    Background: HUME HIGHWAY, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA

    Sixty-one-year-old Cliff Young astounded Australians when he won the 875 kilometre (544 mile) Sydney to Melbourne marathon on May 3. He was the oldest man int he race and beat men more than half his age. His time was five days, 15 hours and four minutes, beating the previous winning time by nearly two days. Mr. Young is a vegetarian who works on a potato farm and, as a result, suffers from skin cancer because of over-exposure to the sun. So, instead of shorts, he wore long, plastic trousers with holes punched in them for ventilation. He won 43 kilometres (26 miles) ahead of nearest rival, 58-year-old George Person. Another competitor, 41-year-old Joe Record, briefly took the lead on May 1 but he was later forced out of the race with a badly swollen ankle and a kidney infection. Mr.Young's win was the result of a classic tortoise-versus-hare confrontation: while his younger and more expert competitors slept at night, he plodded on. He averaged only two hours sleep each night and increase his lead each day. At the end of the race, he said he would only tackle ordinary marathons in future because of his age. His 89-year-old mother was present when he received his winner's cheque for ten thousand dollars, which he said he would share with others who finished the race.

    Source: CHANNEL SEVEN NETWORK AUSTRALIA (HSV-ATN)

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD2EJJKDKH7PVLONIDJG28DSJR
    Media URN:
    VLVAD2EJJKDKH7PVLONIDJG28DSJR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/05/1983
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:56:00
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    N/A

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