• Short Summary

    MEXICO CITY IS MORE THAN 7,000 FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL L- A FACT THAT IS GRAVELY CONCERNING WORLD SPORTING BODIES THAT WILL BE SENDING ATHLETES THERE IN 1958 FOR THE NEXT OLYMPIC GAMES.

  • Description


    MEXICO CITY SCENES; BRITISH RUNNERS IN THREE MILE RACE; ONE OF THEM DON COOK, BEING INTERVIEWED (SOF) AFTERWARDS; RUNNER PACING AND DESCRIBING (SOF) THE EXPERIENCE; SWIMMING POOL; ATHLETES AROUND TABLE AT POOL-SIDE ARE INTERVIEWED (SOF).



    TRANSCRIPT: INTERVIEWER: "WHERE IS THE PAIN MOSTLY? IN THE WIND OR IN THE LEGS OR IN THE MUSCLES? WHERE?"



    COOK: "EVERYWHERE. ALL OVER."



    INTERVIEWER: "HAVE YOU EVER FELT QUITE AS BADLY AS THIS IN A RACE AT SEA LEVEL AT HOME?"



    COOK: "NO. IT'S A DIFFERENT SENSATION ALTOGETHER."



    INTERVIEWER: "TRY AND DESCRIBE IT TO ME."



    COOK: "IT'S THE TIREDNESS IN THE HEAD AND THE TOES."



    HYMAN: "IT'S ALWAYS LIKE THIS HERE. FIRST FEW STRIDES YOU FEEL JUST GREAT. THEN YOU COME ROUND THE BEND INTO THE STRAIGHT. YOUR HEART STARTS THUMPING AND THEN YOU START CATCHING YOUR BREATH.... IT'S A BIT HARD TO GET HOLD OF AIR NOW......."



    INTERVIEWER: "HOW SOON AFTER YOU ARRIVED WERE YOU AWARE THAT YOU WERE IN A PRETTY RATIFIED ATMOSPHERE"?



    ATHLETE: "OH, IMMEDIATELY. IMMEDIATELY I STEPPED OFF THE PLANE I FELT DIZZY AND EVERYTHING - YOU KNOW - IT'S SURPRISING. WHETHER THIS WAS DUE TO THE PLANE FLIGHT I DON'T KNOW. BUT THAT SAME NIGHT WALKING UP STAIRS - YOU KNOW - YOU FEEL ILL, HEART POUNDING AWAY, YOU KNOW."




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    EDITORS: SEE ALSO "MEXICO CITY: SOME OF THE SPORTING FACILITIES TO BE PROVIDED BY THE NEXT HOST OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES" SERVICED ON MONDAY 6TH DECEMBER 65.

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: MEXICO CITY IS MORE THAN 7,000 FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL L- A FACT THAT IS GRAVELY CONCERNING WORLD SPORTING BODIES THAT WILL BE SENDING ATHLETES THERE IN 1958 FOR THE NEXT OLYMPIC GAMES. SOME CONTEND THAT THE HIGH ALTITUDE WILL NOT PROVIDE THE ATHLETES WITH ENOUGH OXYGEN, AND TO TEST THIS A BRITISH TEAM OF SIX RUNNERS WAS RECENTLY SENT TO THE MEXICAN CAPITAL.

    THE SIX BRITISH ATHLETES RETURNED TO LONDON YESTERDAY (TUESDAY). THEIR FIRST TRIAL RACE WAS HELD THREE DAYS AFTER THEY ARRIVED IN MEXICO CITY, AND WAS OVER THREE MILES. THE DROP IN PERFORMANCE FOR THE WINNER, 29-YEAR-OLD DON COOK, A CROSS-COUNTRY INTERNATIONAL RUNNER, WAS 60 SECONDS. COOK WAS INTERVIEWED IMMEDIATELY AFTER WINNING A SIMILAR RACE A FEW DAYS LATER...

    THE BRITISH ATHLETES ALSO UNDERWENT A NUMBER OF OTHER TESTS INVOLVING THE USE OF SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS. FOR INSTANCE, THEY PACED A MOTOR CAR BREATHING INTO A TUBE SO THAT THEIR MAXIMUM INTAKE AT SEA-LEVEL. AFTER THREE WEEKS, ONE OF THE RUNNERS, MARTIN HYMAN, DESCRIBED THE SENSATION AS HE TOOK A RUN AROUND THE TRACK........
    OTHER COUNTRIES ARE CONDUCTING TESTS OF THEIR OWN, THOUGH NOT IN MEXICO CITY ITSELF. THE FRENCH HAVE BEEN EXPERIMENTING UP IN THE ALPS AND THE AUSTRALIANS HAVE BEEN USING PRESSURE CHAMBERS, WHILE THE RUSSIANS ARE BELIEVED TO BE TRAINING AT A COMPARABLE ALTITUDE IN THE CAUCAUSUS.

    THE MEXICANS THEMSELVES HAVE GIVEN ASSURANCES TO THE WORLD THAT ALL WILL BE WELL, CLAIMING THAT MORE RECORDS WERE BROKEN AT THE 1955 PAN-AMERICAN GAMES IN MEXICO CITY THAN AT ALL PREVIOUS GAMES VENUES AT OR NEAR SEA LEVEL. HOWEVER, OPPONENTS POINT OUT THAT THE NEW RECORDS WERE BROKEN IN THE SPRINT EVENTS AND THAT ALL MEXICAN NATIONAL RECORDS OVER 800 METRES HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED OUTSIDE MEXICO.

    THE BRITISH ATHLETES WHO TOOK PART IN LAST MONTHS TESTS ARE INCLINED TO AGREE THAT MEXICO CITY'S HIGH ALTITUDE DOES HAVE ITS EFFECT ON THOSE NOT USE TO IT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAERS5T6B0BI33L0V8PZBG56LD8
    Media URN:
    VLVAERS5T6B0BI33L0V8PZBG56LD8
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/12/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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