On being interviewed at the finish of the race, Searle appeared quite fresh. He states that for the first two miles it was a hard race, but after that only a paddle, and he could have increased his advantage to forty lengths had he wished. The time for the 'first mile, and to Hammersmith Bridge, had not been equalled in any sculling championship. O’Connor’s time for the race was 23mm 2sec. Off Alexander’s boat-house O’Connor caught a bad crab, and allowed the Australian to obtain a lead, Searle being fresh, while O'Connor was quite exhausted, The news of Searle’s victory was received with great enthusiasm both at Sydney and Melbourne. Ten thousand pounds were sent from New South Wales to back the champion. ■ ; .
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Page 2 Advertisements Column 3, Evening Star, Issue 8012, 14 September 1889