THE SCULLING CHAMPIONSHIP
(PBR PRESS ASSOCIATION,!)
London, September 9 One hundred thousand people were present to witness the race betweeu O'Connor and Searle for £500 a side and the Sculling Championship of the World. Beautiful weather was experienced and the water was also favorable.. The betting was 5t04 on Searle. The Australian won the toss and chose the Surrey side of the river, At 1 .25 p.m. the word " Go " was given, O'Connor was first away, and rowing a. fast stroke soon had the advantage of half a lead. On passing the Crabtree Searle had drawn up level, and at the soap works was half a length to the good. Ha continued to increase the lead, and it was at once apparent that he had tho race well in hand. At Hammersmith bridge Searle was a length to the good, and this was doubled on \ passing Chiswick. O'Connor made a feeble spurt here, but it was of no avail, as Searle was increasing the lead every stroke. At Barnes O'Connor was showing unmistakable signs of distress and thence to the finish the race was simply a pro session, Searle sculling in an easy winner by ten lengths. Time, 22min 42sec. Searle met with an enthusiastic reception on stepping out of his boat. The winner rowed the first mile in 4min 53sec, passed Hammersmith in Bmin 38sec, and Barnes in 19min 3sec. On being interviewed at the finish of the race Searle appeared quite fresh. He states for the first two miles it was a hard race, but after that he only paddled, and could have increased his advantage to forty lengths had he wished. 'Ihe time for the first mile to Hammersmith bridge has not been equalled in [ any sculling championship. O'Connor's time for the race was 28tnin 2sec. Searle stripped at list 101b, O'Connor was lib lighter. Off Alexander's boat-house the latter caught a bad crab, and allowed the Australian to obtain a lead, Searle being fresh while O'Connor was quite exhausted. The champion's victory is highly popular, # London, September 10. The Press is unanimous in conceding the superiority of Searle over his opponent. The champion will -probably make a match with an American sculler. The Australian contingent assert that they won £30,000 by their countryman's viotory. O'Connor stated to an interviewer that he was overtrained, but admits Searle's superiority. O'Connor was a momentary favorite at the start, but the confidence of his supporters soon collapsed. The news of his defeat was like a thunder-clap at Toronto. The Canadians are said to have lost £80,000. Searle puposely allowed his opponent to get half a length's start. Sydney, September 10. -.The news of Searle's victory was received with great enthusiasm both here and in Melbourne. Ten thousand pounds were sent from New South Wales to back the champion.
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