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    1952 Helsinki Olympic Games, Jackson, Da Silva, Strickland and Zatopek all win athletics gold

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    Wide shot of interior of Helsinki's Olympic stadium. High view of spectators inside stadium looking on. Sprinters blocks being hammered into place at the start of the 100 metres race. Close up spectators looking on. Sprinters hammering their blocks into the ground. Brief close up of spectators in crowd. Brief but nice shot of starting official getting his pistol into position. High angle of women's 100 metres final, won by a distance by Australia's Marjorie Jackson. Marjorie is congratulated by other athletes after crossing the line, and seems very modest. Lovely close up of Marjorie, and South Africa's Daphne Hasenjager who came second, posing for the cameras. Shaky shot of the scoreboard showing the result of the race. Wide shot of Jackson, Hasenjeger, and Australia's Shirley Strickland who came third, receiving their medals. Tighter shot of Jackson, Strickland, and then Hasenjeger on the podium.
    Low angle of men's triple jump competition, with Brazil's Adhemar Da Silva producing his winning jump of 16.22 metres. Close up of spectators watching the competition. Nice shots of Da Silva running a lap of honour, carrying flowers and waving to the crowd.
    High view of spectators in stadium. Women's 80 metres hurdles final action, and high angle of the race, with Australia's Shirley Strickland powering to the gold medal. Nice tight shot of Shirley looking pleased, being congratulated by other athletes. Various angles of athletes running around a bend on the track, including tight in on their feet, showing only their legs, and low and wide angles. Nice close up of Czechoslovakia's Emil Zatopek posing with France's Alain Mimoun, after the Czech runner had beaten Mimoun in either the 5,000 metres, or the 10,000 metres. It is unclear which race this is, though Zatopek beat him in both! Shot of spectators watching on, then tighter shot of spectators. Tight, slightly out of focus shot of Shirley Strickland looking pleased after her 80 metres hurdles win. Tight shot of bell being rung to signal last lap of men's 5,000 metres race. Tight shot follows Emil Zatopek (number 903) as he runs around the track in a group. Another tight shot shows the race being led by two different athletes, though Alain Mimoun seems to be closing the gap on them. Tight shot of the scoreboard shows the results of the men's 5,000 metres final, with Zatopek taking gold, Mimoun silver, and Germany's Herbert Schade the bronze. Tight shot again follows Zatopek as he runs round the track. Shot then cuts to Mary Strickland again, celebrating her 80 metres hurdles gold with the Soviet Union's Mariya Golubnichaya who came second, and Germany's Maria Sander who came third.

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
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    10:12:59 / 10:16:21

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  1. Unknown user says

    The Women's 100 metres featured in this clip took place on 22 July 1952.

    The three other ladies seen in the race, not currently documented, are Winsome Cripps, Maria Sander and Mae Faggs.

    The Men's Triple Jump featured in the clip took place on 23 July 1952.

    The Women's 80 metres hurdles took place on 24 July 1952.

    "Shirley looking pleased, being congratulated by other athletes" - the dark-haired lady congratulating her is the British hurdler Jean Desforges.

    "Zatopek posing with France's Alain Mimoun, after the Czech runner had beaten Mimoun in either the 5,000 metres, or the 10,000 metres" - 15 runners are seen in the footage immediately preceding this image, which would make it the 5,000 metres, held on 24 July 1952.

    Amongst the runners visible in the 5,000 metres is, at 02:47, the British athlete Chris Chataway, (number 180).

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