Britain's water-skiing champion, 19-year-old Mike Hazelwood, successfully defended his 1976 title at the National Championships on Sunday (17 July).
LV PAN Steve Lawrence on slalom course during National British Water-skiing Championships, Reading, U.K.
LV crowd watching AND GV Mike Hazelwood making first slalom run. (2 shots)
SV & LV crowd watching and Hazelwood making return run for first place. (2 shots)
LV PAN Lawrence jumping ramp.
LV PAN Hazelwood jumping.
SV PAN Hazelwood jumping.
SV Hazelwood skiing back to bank and removing skis.
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Background: Britain's water-skiing champion, 19-year-old Mike Hazelwood, successfully defended his 1976 title at the National Championships on Sunday (17 July). He also beat rain, high winds and choppy conditions to make it the third year in a row that he's taken it.
SYNOPSIS: Fellow Ruislip club member Steve Lawrence made a bid for victory in the slalom, but failed to come up to Hazelwood's brilliant form. He was eventually unplaced.
Hazelwood, making the first run, showed how it should be done.
The defending champion on his second slalom run scored a total of 131 points. Another fellow club member, John Battleday, last year's European silver medallist, was second with 114, and I. Walker of Parklands third on 103.
Steve Lawrence had more success in the jump event taking third place on 90.95 points.
John Battleday -- and again, another second place, with 93.3.
Hazelwood completed a series of first-class performances, to take not only first place in the jump with 96.6, but first overall.
And so for the third year in a row, it was Hazelwood returning in triumphant. His overall score -- 179.7, against Battleday's 161.5 and P Bryant third with 142.45.