An under-sized Australian team came up against the might of the USA in this wheelchair basketball game at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Australian Kevin Coombs struggled with his free throws, reflecting the difficulty the Australians had to keep up with the fast breaking Americans on the court and on the scoreboard. The USA beat Australia 85-29 and went on to win the gold medal. In keeping with the low key nature of the 1972 Games, the venue is nothing more than a high school gym.
Date: August 1972
Author: Video by permission of Don Worley, from the National Film and Sound Archive.