• Short Summary

    SWIMMING MARATHONS HAVE NEVER BEEN NOTED FOR EXCITING FINISHES. COMPETITORS ARE USUALLY STRUNG OUT SEVERAL?

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    SWIMMING MARATHONS HAVE NEVER BEEN NOTED FOR EXCITING FINISHES. COMPETITORS ARE USUALLY STRUNG OUT SEVERAL MILES APART BY THE TIME THE FIRST MAN MAKES LAND, AND A WINNING MARGIN OF OVER AN HOUR IS NOT UNUSUAL. BUT THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS TO THE RULE AND A NOTABLE EXAMPLE OCCURRED WHEN THE NAPLES-CAPRI MARATHON WAS HELD ON SUNDAY, JULY 28. FROM THE START OF THE RACE, THE LEAD BECAME A PRIVATE BATTLE BETWEEN THE MEXICAN, DONATHIU GUTIERREZ, AND ALFREDO CAMARERO OF THE ARGENTINE - WINNER OF LAST YEARS 33 KILOMETRE RACE BETWEEN THE TWO FAMOUS TOURIST CENTER. AT FIRST, THE TWO MEN SWAM SIDE BY SIDE, THEN GUTIERREZ BEGAN TO QUICKEN UP HIS PACE, AND, AT THE HALFWAY STAGE, HE WAS MORE THAN A MILE AHEAD. FROM THE HALF-WAY MARK, CAMARERO REVEALED A TREMENDOUS RESERVE OF STRENGTH AND GRADUALLY CUT DOWN HIS OPPONENTS LEAD. BUT, ALTHOUGH GUTIERREZ WAS TIRING BADLY TOWARD THE END, HE WAS ABLE TO HOLD ONTO HIS LEAD AND TOUCHED THE HOME MARKER A BARE 18 SECONDS BEFORE CAMARERO. WINNER OF TWO OLYMPIC TITLES, IN HELSINKI AND LONDON, GUTIERREZ FINISHED THE COURSE IN THE FAST TIME OF 8 HOURS, 58 MINUTES, 28 SECONDS, AIDED BY FINE WEATHER, A CALM SEA AND VERY FEW CURRENTS. BUT HIS DID NOT BREAK THE RECORD HELD BY CAMARERO WHO COVERED THE DISTANCE IN 8 HOURS 38 MINUTES TWO YEARS AGO. SURPORSE OF THE EVENT WAS THE COMPARATIVE FAILURE OF THE EGYPTIAN TEAM. NICKNAMED THE "CROCODILES OF THE NILE" BY THEIR OPPONENTS, THE EGYPTIANS COULD ONLY CLAIM THIRD PLACE, HAMED MOUSTAFA, WHO FINISHED EARLY AN HOUR AFTER THE WINNER. COMPETITOR FROM TEN NATIONS, ARGENTINE, EGYPT, MEXICO, IRAQ, U.S.A., IRELAND, SWEDEN, HUNGARY, BRAZIL AND ITALY TOOK PART IN THE RACE WHILE ONE CAMERAMAN MADE A PURELY INVOLUNTARY EFFORT TO JOIN IN THE RACE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEH4N9ICPXLFJ59RMVA8BWWRD4
    Media URN:
    VLVAEH4N9ICPXLFJ59RMVA8BWWRD4
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/07/1957
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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