- Title: USA: WORLD TEAM KITE WORLD CUP
- Date: 28th September 1997
- Summary: SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES (SEPTEMBER 28, 1997) (RTV) 1. GV TEAM FLYING KITES IN FORMATION ON BEACH 0.11 2. SLV PEOPLE WALK TOWARDS ENTRANCE WITH SIGN READING "WORLD'S LONGEST BEACH"/SCU BRITISH FLAG ZOOM OUT TO FLAG COVERED BUILDING 0.26 3. LAS TEAMS FLYING KITES 0.41 4. SCU JEAN-PIERRE LECLERQ FROM BELGIAN HIGHLIFE TEAM SAYING THE WEATHER IS BAD, BUT THAT'S TYPICAL FOR THE WORLD CUP (ENGLISH) 0.50 5. SCU WIND GAUGE HELD UP/ COMPETITORS PREPARING KITES/WRITING IN LOG BOOKS (4 SHOTS) 1.18 6. SLV DEFENDING CHAMPION AND WINNER OF THE WORLD CUP SKYDANCE TEAM FLYING KITES (3 SHOTS) 2.10 7. SCU MARK LUMMAS FROM SKYDANCE TEAM SAYING THE WIND HAS BEEN A PROBLEM BUT THEY'RE SATISFIED WITH THEIR PERFORMANCE (ENGLISH) 2.21 8. SLV SKYDANCE TEAM FLYING KITES. 2.30 Initials S3 P3 Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: SEATLE, WASHINGTON STATE, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Duration: 00:02:33
- Story Text: - INTRO: Kite enthusiasts from all over the world have been competing in the American city of Seattle this past weekend in the World Team Kite World Cup. The event was won by a British team, with Japanese and French teams also in the top placings.
The world's top kite flyers battled strong winds and rain during the World Cup of Kite Flying, which was held in the northwestern United States city of Seattle on Sunday (September 28).
Teams from North America, Europe and Asia competed with one another on a beach near the city, to applause from spectators.
The precision flying involved kites being flown in formation at high speed and only inches apart. The teams were judged for both precision and on artistic merit, with an average score making up the total.
Defending champions, the British team Skydance took the World Cup with a score of 79.10 points. Skydance, an Essex-based team which won the title in Japan in 1996, practises about 25 hours a week and competes all over the world.
Another British team, Airkraft (correct spelling) came second with a score of 78.00 points. Japanese team Aftershock was third with 76.47 points, and French team Lungta was fourth, scoring 76.25 points.
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