French military hold a track event in a stadium in France, with some American participation, in World War I
France Date:1918 Duration:2 min 32 sec Sound:NO SOUND
French civilian spectators fill a grandstand and ground in front of it to watch a French military track meet (with some American participation) during World War 1. Longer distance runners are cheered by some spectators as they cross the finish line, one by one, in front of the grandstand. contestants run a shorter race with a close finish. The winner is congratulated by a French military officer. Scene shifts to closeup of Lieutenant Paul Rene Fonk, French Air Ace credited with over 59 enemy planes. He stands in center of stadium, being recognized by the crowd. An American officer is seen standing behind him. Next, a large group of youths perform calisthentics in unison for the crowd. Lieutenant Leonard, of the U.S. Air Service (in athletic garb) converses with Lieutenant Fonk. Other athletes, another U.S. flyer, and a French civilian official stand with them. As they move away, Lieutenant Fonk and other French officers remain to confer with the French civilian official. Another race is seen, next, as runners come past in single file around the track.
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