Hardly a week goes by without Radio Peiping claiming yet another record for Red China's athletes, and hardly ever does the outside world see China's new elite in action. But a fortnight ago in Oslo a chance came, when a team from Red China turned up among those of 14 nations to compete for the world speed skating championships. The most successful of the Chinese skaters was a lithe 22-year-old named Yang Chucheng, who comes from Harbin, Manchuria,. where the ponds freeze early and stay frozen. Twice Yang faced Russia's great Gennadii Voronin, lost to him by two inches in 500 meters, next day beat him in their heat of the 1,500 meters.
The Oslo crowd, taking a liking to Yang, chanted the words of an old Norwegian children's song: "Kjipp, kjapp, kinamann, kinamann! [Clip, clop, Chinaman]." But such admiration did not atone, in the eyes of Red China's coach, for his squad's failure to do even better. "Wait till five years from now," he said brusquely.
Red Embrace follows photo finish for the 500-meter championship as China's Yang congratulates Russia's winning Voronin.