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SWEDES COMPETE

BRITISH ATHLETICS HAEGG AND ANDERSSON N.Z.P.A. Special Correspondent Rec. 12.30 p.m. LONDON, August 6. Fifty thousand people crowded White City to see Gunder Haegg and Arne Andersson running for the first time in Britain. Both the, visitors won their races. A heavy hail shower an hour before the start did not help the po'ice to control the solid mass of humanity, stretching hundreds of yards along the roads to the Stadium, and the turnstiles were closed before the first event, orders being given to the police to disperse the surging mass still outside. The crowd gave Haegg and Andersson an ovation. The track was in splendid condition, but may have been "heavied" by the hail shower. Andersson triumphed in the mile after a terrific duel with Sydney Wooderson. Andersson took the lead at half-way and retained it almost to the end of the third lap, when Wooderson took over and held on to within 50 yards of home. Then the Swede swept past in immaculate style and won by 2J yards in 4.8 4-5. Wooderson's time was 4.9 1-5.

Haegg had no difficulty in winning the two miles. Wilson took the lead in the first lap, after which the lead kept changing hands until half-way through the fifth lap, when Haegg strode away in magnificent style. He finished without serious opposition 120 yards ahead of Wilson, with Bingham third. Haegg's time was 9.G, a British record.

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SWEDES COMPETE, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 185, 7 August 1945

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SWEDES COMPETE Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 185, 7 August 1945

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