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THE SCULLING CHAMPIONSHIP.

SEARLE v. O’CONNOR,

The sculling championship of the world and LSOO a-side was rowed on the Thames yesterday. The competitors are both colonials, but one is from Canada and the other from Australia. Searle, the Australian, is the present holder of the championship of the world, while his opponent has proved himself to be the beat sculler in America. This will bo the fourth occasion on which an Australian possessing tho title of champion will have submitted it to the test on English waters. The first of them was in 1866, when R. A. W. Green, or Dick Green, as he was familiarly termed, the champion of Fort Jackson, rowed Chambers, the Tyne representative, on the Thames for the championship and L2OO a-side, Green led for nearly a mile, and then collapsed from spasms, so it was said, and Chambers won easily. A second match was arranged, L2O a-side being deposited ; but Chambers forfeited his stake, taking refuge in the technicality that the champion should not be called upon to defend the title within six months. Trickett was then met by Banian, also a Canadian, who beat him and numerous other scullers also with such ridiculous ease that it was thought that he would never suffer defeat. His downfall, however, came at tho hands of the Australian, William Beach. The uew wearer of the title was eveu more formidable than his predecessor, for although he met all the best scullers in the world, both in matches and in sweepstakes, ho retired still holding the honor, and bequeathed it to Peter Kemp, of the Hawkesbury River, New South Wales, whom he considered the man next to himself most entitled to possess it. Kemp was not selfish, and vindicated Beach’s choice of a successor by vanquishing all the known men who cared to try his pace. But while Kemp was making his record as the champion, Henry E. Searle, little more than a youth, was rapidly coming into prominence by beating all the intermediate men, and suddenly the aquatic community was surprised by his challenge of Kemp and also of Hanlan. Hanlan declined the challenge, but Kemp accepted, and a match was arranged for October of last year. Searle had then been in training for many months for the various matches which he had successfully rowed, but his long training had not prejudiced him, for in the first half-mile of the race he had beaten the champion, who, Beach had said, was the fastest man in the world for a mile. The Hawkesbury man toiled on to the end of the ’three miles 330 yards, but never put Searle to his best. Up to this time Searle had rowed twenty races, out of which he was successful in sixteen, After this he competed in the Professional Sculling Carnival held on the Brisbane River in December last year. He was again successful. In this event he met for the first and only occasion the unbeaten champion Beach, whom he vanquished, but the circumstances were such that the defeat could not be accepted as conclusive. Searle looked about for others to conquer, and the only man who appeared at all likely to deprive him of the title he had so easily acquired was another very young man who was making almost as good a record as himself in America. O’Connor, the man in question, after winning several minor events, turned his attention to the foremost scullers of America, and, just as Searle on this side of the world was carrying all before him, so be defeated the best men there. His last big match was with Gaudaur, who had the honor of pushing Beach more closely than any other opponent in race. O’Connor declared that if successful against Gaudsur he would set out to meet the young Australian champion, but he did not keep his word, and Searle started for England, where the articles binding the present match were signed. The competitors are, as already stated, both young men, O’Connor having been born in 1864, and Searle two years later, so that the former is twentyfive years of age and the latter twentythree, They are both fine specimens of

manhood, the height of each being sft lOin; chest measurement, ference of the calf of the leg, ICin.— 1 Argusi 1 _

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THE SCULLING CHAMPIONSHIP., Evening Star, Issue 8008, 10 September 1889

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