July 12, 1929 - Assoc. Press
SPRINT KING - TO - FIND THRONE
By: Frank G. Gorrie
Vancouver, B.C. July 12, (1929)
America's greatest sprinters, with one or two exceptions had invaded
the domain of
Percy Williams, Olympic champion, today to attempt to conquer
the only undefeated well-known 100-yard dash star in the world in the
greatest track and field meet ever held on the Pacific coast.
Williams, a slightly built youth of 21, who won world fame when he
captured the 100 and 200-meter dashes at the Olympic games in
Amsterdam last year, hoped to thrust aside the challenge of
Eddie Tolan, "Midnight Express," Frank Wykoff,
Claude Bracey, John Fitzpatrick, Milton Mauer, W.
Scott, Wesley Foster, and many others in the two-day midsummer
carnival and grand amateur athletic meet in Vancouver today and
"world's fastest human," and planned to match strides with the
brilliant Olympic flash, but pulled a tendon in the national
collegiate track and field meet in Chicago a few weeks ago and was
forced to withdraw from the Canadian games.
Approximately 125 athletes, including several British Columbia
Indians, were scheduled to compete in the carnival, which has
attracted many of the greatest men and women stars in the United
States and Canada.
The preliminaries were to get under way at 5 p.m. today,
with the finals scheduled for tomorrow afternoon. The events
today included dashes for men and women, a three-mile run, broad jump,
66-pound weight, quarter mile relay and two bicycle races.
Tomorrow the javelin, quarter mile, one mile, shot-put, high jump,
16-pound hammer, half mile, 28-pouond weight and women's relay will be
added to the list of events.
The meet was to be formally opened by Lieut. Gov. R. R. Bruce
of British Columbia.
WORLD CHAMPS THERE
The men athletes entered included Phil
Edwards, famous quarter miler;
F. Bowen, 200-yard flash; Herm
Brix, shot-putter deluxe; Ed Hamm,
word's broad jump champion, and W. McGeagn, quarter miler.
The women stars to compete include Myrtle
Cook, Florence Bell, Jean Thompson, Edith Cook, Fanny Rosenfeld famous Canadian sprinters. A Canadian relay team will
race two girl combinations from Los Angeles and Seattle.
Officials estimated that 35,000 persons would attend the two day
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