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ATHLETICS.

The South African "Sporting Times" for January 2. contains some straight talking on the alleged incompetency' of some officials at sports meetings there. The " Sporting Times" commented on the trial spin done by R. E. Walker in which the champion amateur was alleged to have covered 100 yards in 0 2-sth seconds, and in view of the fact that several competent men who witnessed the trial were of opinion that Walker beat the pistol, the paper decided to send three competent representatives on Saturday to the Wanderers' Sports for the purpose of checking the times and closely observing the starts. Those gentlemen, aU of whom have had many years of experience of running, as well "as of timing, reported as follows:-* • "We, the undersigned representatives of the * &.A. Sporting Times,' visited the Wanderers' Sports on Saturday, December 20, and took up positions which would enable us to accurately time the various events and to closely observe the starts. Two of us used the most modern timing chronometers, made by John Taylor of Rochdale, and capable of timing to one sixty-fourth of a second, whilst the third used a tested chronometer of the ordinary kind. "Re Times Recorded: On the whole we have but little fault to find with the official times, the greatest variation between the official and pur tiiries being nearly l-'.th of a second in the final heat of the 120 yards flat handicap, our average being almost II 3-sth seconds, as against tlie official 11 2-sth seconds. " Re Starting: In our opinion the starter was most incompetent, and at no time was able to get a field of men away to a perfectly fair start, and we now propose to deal with the starts seriatim. "100 Yards Handicap: First heat won by R. E. Walker. Time, 9._-stli sees- Iv this evpnt' Walker ha.d got two strides in and *.V"as beginning the third when the pistol fired, and the advantage gained epnld not have been less than between / six and seven yards. As proof of this, we may say that D, A. Stupart (7"iyds), in our opinion moved with the pistol," and, notwithstanding this fact, Walker was level with him before 20 yards had been traversed. It is a notorious fact that Stupart can cover 100 yards just under 11 seconds, and yet if Walker did not beat the pistol, he gave Stupart 7_ yards in less than 20 yards. The foregoing fact speaks for itself. Further, if .Walker covered the journey in 0 2-sth seconds, then Robson (10yds), and Stupart (TJyds), who wer e beaten by 3 yards, must have run at the rate of 10 7-10 th sec. and'lO.sec respectively. "Final heat 100 yards Handicap: Won by W. A. Craighead (By'dsj, H. Rosenthal (12yds), second, and H. G. Capel (10yds), third, with R. E. Walker, beaten 4yds' fourth. In this event Craighead and Capel got the. best of the pistol, whereas the others left the mark with the pistol. Walker, whom we observed most closely, got awaj' to a perfectly fair start. Two of our watches timing Walker made him a shade worse than lOsec. for the full journey. " 120 Yards Short Limit HandicapFirst heat won by R. E. Walker. Start good. Walker moved with the gun and was all out for over 100 yards, and finished with a little In hand. Time, 12 1-5 sec. Our watches agreed with the official time. "Final Heat of 120 Yards Handicap: Won by R. E. Walker. The majority of the field anticipated the starter more or less. Walker was well into his second stride at the pistol crack. Our watches agreed almost 1-oth of a second slower than the official time. We estimate" the value of the advantage gained by Walker at the start at quite five and probably six yards. " In our opinion the times given for the first heat of the 100 yards handicap and for the final heat of tbe 120 yards do not represent the, actual time occupied by the! runner in covering the respective disof 100 yards and 120 yards, because in both instances the runner was well on his journej* before the pistol, from which, I tlie time was taken was fired. —W. '_. Sec-1 combe (Sporting Editor) "Sporting Times ), G. Darrow, J.. Todd-" J

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ATHLETICS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 68, 20 March 1909

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