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THE AUSTRALIAN SWIMMERS

On the evening of September 12 the Australian swimmers Jack Hellings and V. Lindberg, of the East Sydney Club, were among the competitors in a Ninety Yards Limited Invitation Handicap, promoted by tho Zephyr Club as the “tit bit” of their .annual entertainment. The prizes for this event were found by that “ whole-souled sportsman ” Mr A. F. Calvert, who prior to the race presented the two Australians with gold medals to commemorate their visit to the Old Country. The handicap was framed from Hellings, and he was called upon to concede up to llsec. The limit man was Hildred of the York 8.C., and on the lOaec mark were Stoner of the People’s Palace and Colley of the York S.C., who had a second’s advantage over W. J. Stratton (New Zealand . 200 yds champion), Klaftenberges of the Marcians, and Brickett (York S.C.). On the eight mark were Regan of the Leander, W. Henry of the Life Saving Society, Billy Hawes of the City of Westminster, and Gongh of the Zephyrs. Liadbergwas given 7aee, as was Burt of the City of Westminster. To Logan and Akers of the Leander Hellings was called upon to concede Sseo. The New South Wales crack won the first heat by a touch from Stoner, his time being 56sec “dead.” The second heat fell to Henry, who beat Stratton rather easily by half a yard ; and the third fell to Lindberg, who beat Akers by a yard, the time of these heats being respectively 66 2-53 ec and 66sec. In the final heat Henry was caught by Lindberg at*the end of sixty yards, but the Australian made a wretched turn and lost a clear yard. , This ho just failed to make up in the home stretch; the Life Saving Society’s secretary won by a touch. Hellings meanwhile had caught and passed the rest, and gained third place a yard and a-half behind his fellow-countrymen. The time of the heat was again 66sec, so to win Hellings would have had to notch a fraction better than 55sec.

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THE AUSTRALIAN SWIMMERS, Evening Star, Issue 10469, 12 November 1897

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THE AUSTRALIAN SWIMMERS Evening Star, Issue 10469, 12 November 1897

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