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The Glow of Gold Short Film (Full Length) – 1968 Sport

The Glow of Gold

Short Film (Full Length) – 1968 Sport

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This film comprehensively surveys Kiwi Olympic success to 1968. Footage includes triumphs from running men Lovelock, Halberg and Snell (trying a celebratory haka), and long-jumper Yvette Williams; and podium efforts from Marise Chamberlain, Barry Magee and John Holland. The John O'Shea-made doco then meets athletes training for the upcoming Mexico Olympics. Reigning Boston Marathon winner Dave McKenzie runs on deserted West Coast roads and Warren Cole rows under snow-capped mountains on Lake Rotoiti. Cole would go on to win gold as bow of the Men's Coxed Four.

Athletic champions are usually modest and unassuming. A further safeguard to that modesty is the isolation and remoteness in which New Zealand athletes work themselves up to Olympic standards.
– From the narration