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Olympic Champions

Olympic Champions

British Empire Olympic athletes take on the USA in the track and field at Stamford Bridge.

Non-Fiction 1928 4 mins Silent

Overview

Following the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics, the American athletics team delayed their journey home for the opportunity to take on the British Empire in a friendly competition at Stamford Bridge on 11 August. Although the film has a somewhat unfinished feel to it, there are some excellent shots of the Olympians as they engage in steeplechase, high jump and pole vault - often captured in slow motion.

The USA won eight events to the Empire's six. This 'tradition' of USA v the British Empire had started after the Antwerp Olympics of 1920 and also took place after the 1924 Paris Olympics.