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THE AMATEUR ATHLETIC CHAMPIONSHIPS.

fßy. Telegraph.—Own Correspondent.) DUNEDIN, this day. The 'first of the visiting athletes for the championehip meeting—J. Wallace (Auckland) and U-. S. ijharpe and L. M. McKay (Wellington)—have arrived, and the trio look in splendid health. The Wellington centre are sending a strong team, and are confident of retaining the championship shield. W. A. Woodger, the 100, 200, and 440 yards candidate, is a young runner, who ie highly spoken of, and ia reckoned to be easily the finest sprinter at present in the capital city. Shaxpe is the present three miles NJZ. and Australasia champion, and, although stated not to be at present up to hia best form, is confident of retaining hie title. L. McKay, the pole jumper, is another Australasian champion, who ahould have no difficulty in adding another victory to his list. He is holder of the New Zealand and' Australasian record with lift. lin. W. G. Harding, 440 and 880 yds., J. Wilton, 220 and 440 yds., A, Stevenson, hurdles and pole vault an"d high jump, A. E. Buye, mile, and P. Fitzgerald, walking, go to make up a very strong combination. The Canterbury team will also be a formidable one, and will include Guy Haskins, who performed such doughty deeds in America, and who holds a record of lm. 58e. for the half-mile, and 4m. 20s. for the mile. Murray, of Olympic fame, and Orbell, the New Zealand and Australasian champion high jumper, are also included. Opie in the sprints, and Mile* Dickson in the distances, are also spoken of as coming champion?. Otago will be very strong both in numbers and quality, but Auckland will have only one representative. J. Wallace, who, however, ehould "win the hammer and shot. The team to defend the shield, at the Australasian championship meeting, will be picked on the form shown on SaturI da v. .

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THE AMATEUR ATHLETIC CHAMPIONSHIPS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 66, 18 March 1909

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