• Short Summary

    MEXICO CITY'S ALTITUDE AND HEAT AFFECTED A NUMBER OF OLYMPIC ATHLETES TAKING PART IN TWO-DAY PRE-GAMES TRACK AND FIELD MEETING WHICH BEGAN AT THE CITY'S OLYMPIC VILLAGE ON FRIDAY (4 OCTO).

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    MEXICO CITY'S ALTITUDE AND HEAT AFFECTED A NUMBER OF OLYMPIC ATHLETES TAKING PART IN TWO-DAY PRE-GAMES TRACK AND FIELD MEETING WHICH BEGAN AT THE CITY'S OLYMPIC VILLAGE ON FRIDAY (4 OCTO). IT WAS THE FIRST CHANGE FOR THE ATHLETES TO MEET IN COMPETITION IN THE RARIFIED ATMOSPHERE 7,450 (2,270 METRES) ABOVE SEA LEVEL.

    COMPETITORS FROM ABOUT 20 COUNTRIES HAVE BEEN TAKING PART IN THE MEETING.

    THE TORRID HEAT TOOK A HEAVY TOLL OF THE ATHLETES AND FEW PERFORMANCES WERE UP TO RECORD STANDARDS. AT LEAST EIGHT COMPETITORS RECEIVED TREATMENT FOR EXHAUSTION.

    BUT DESPITE THE CONDITIONS, FINISHES WERE CLOSE IN SEVERAL HEATS OF THE MEN'S 400-METRE HURDLES. THE 26-YEAR-OLD AUSTRALIAN HURDLER GARY KNOKE EQUALLED HIS NATIONAL RECORD OF 49.7 SECONDS IN A 400 METRES HURDLES EVENT, WHILE NEW ZEALAND'S ROGER JOHNSON ALSO PERFORMED WELL IN HIS HEAT.

    ITALY'S FRANCISCO ARESE AND KENYA'S WILSON CHUMA ALSO PRODUCED SOME PARTICULARLY GOOD PERFORMANCES TO TAKE THEIR HEATS OF THE 800 METRES. CHUMA'S TIME OF 1 MIN 45.9 SECONDS WAS 1.9 SECONDS BETTER THAN ARESE'S.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADGRHKQUM9A66OYW9ESVYJHXPQ
    Media URN:
    VLVADGRHKQUM9A66OYW9ESVYJHXPQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/10/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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