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THE SPORTING WOULD

[From Our London Correspondent.] August 28. ATHLETICS. The possibility of W. A. Applegarth visiting the United States is again being discussed in athletic circles. The little champion sprinter has only recently joined the ranks of the married men, and his first consideration should be, and probably is, the desire to improve his business prospects. If, therefore, he should cross the Atlantic, it may be with a view of seeking a berth to his liking. He would undoubtedly be a big draw if he competed at the games in connection with the Panama Exhibition next year, and Applegarth is known to be ambitious to see what he can do in the light atmosphere of America. We often hear a lot about the favorable conditions for sprinting in America, usually by critics who have had no exEerienco either of running themselves or y opportunities of comparing the two countries. Old athletes are aware that the best performance are done on a hot day, and when the atmosphere is clear and light. Such days are far from numerous in England, but there are months of fine weather in the States, when athletics may be carried on under what may be termed favorable conditions. It is here that the Americans have some advantage, as whilst there are days in England when everything is suitable for fast times, such opportunities are few. In the writer’s opinion, the best conditions for recordbreaking (running) are to be found just after sundown on a blazing-hot day. ’The wind usually drops then, and the warm, still atmosphere suits the runner. Moreover, the athlete, usually feels languid and lazy during the heat of the day, but after sunset there comes an inclination to run. Those athletes who have done much training will understand this, and wiH recall the pleasures of a spin after the shadows have lengthened and faded on a hot day in August. To return a moment to Applegarth. His breakdown was not very serious, and ho was able to turn out at a small meeting recently. He did not try to race seriously, but merely ran with a view of testing the muscle. He would, perhaps, be wiser to rest for six months, but it is difficult to convince young athletes of the need to exercise caution. —A Record Breaker.—

News has reached England of an important meeting which was held at Tampere, Finland, shortly after war between Russia and Germany had commenced. Hannes Kolehmainen was in splendid form, and he swept the board in the distance events, winning tho 3,000, 5,000, and 10,000 meters races, and also the one-hour race. In the latter bo covered 11 miles 924 yards, a new Finnish record. It is well behind the world’s best, however, which stands to the credit of Jean Bouin, the Frenchman having run llmiles 1,421 yards in the 60 minutes at Stockholm a year ago. There are some who think Bouin better than Kolehmainen, but the writer is not among them. He certainly ran the Finn to a foot in their sensational race in the 5,000 metres, but ] he was all out, whilst the winner looked j as though he could have gone on. j Kolehmainen was not the only star j performer at the meeting, J. Myyra put- j ting up a wonderful record iu the javelin ;

throw, his distance being 205 ft 2%in. , Other useful performances were seen in j the high jump (6ft), long jump (22ft 1 lljin), and hop,’ step, and jump (45ft I 4in) which show that Finland is making I all-round progress in matters athletic. I BOXING. j Young Ahearn will soon commence to i think he has a Jonah in his camp, if his | projected matches continue to fall through, i The outbreak of war led to Carpentior j hurrying back to France, whereon Gunboat Smith was prevailed on to take his , place. Ahearn, however, was prevented : from keeping his share of the bargain on the day arranged, owing to ill-health. Smith did not feel called on to wait a few days longer, and so the second failure came about. Following this, | efforts were made to put Colin Bell, oi ’ Australia, into the ring with Ahearn, and everything appeared to be progressing nicely until another hitch occurred, Bell’s , manager announcing that he had received offers which induced him to book passages for Bell and himself to travel to America. j A good many people in England have not yet grasped the seriousness of the / struggle wo are involved in, and they seem j to think everything can go on much tho same as during tho Crimea and other wars 1 since that time. That boxing and other sports will be “ carried on,” even during | the worst days, which have to be faced, is certain, but the conditions will be very | different from these during times of peace, ; Fending the introduction of national mili- | tary service, no one capable of serving with j tho forces should be allowed to take part in any competitive sport. Football, cricket, ! golf, boxing, swimming, (running, etc., j should he confined to those serving their , Empire, or those disabled by the age limit | fiom doing so. Alter this diveision. it i may bo pointed out that should A beam meet any of the prominent men in the, near future the profits, or a big proportion oi I them, will be given to the Prime of Wales’s relief fund, which would justify the match. Before finishing with boxing matter.', the news that Jimmy Ciabby. oi Anieika. propciiod to come to England at tho lim-h of his Australian tour is pleasing to hear. 1 What his attitude will be now that the , "big fight to a finish” is on remains to be : seen. Borne people think six months will : sec it through, but if tilings do not go well a! first it may bo years. In this cane ; flabby may follow the example of Freddy Welsh, and hasten to America, which looks like becoming the centre of sport . lor a • time. dabby's recent performances in j Australia mako it clear that he will be a. i dangerous opponent for Fat O'Keefl'e, the j present holder of the middle-weight chum- • pionship of England. He would probably ’ boat the irishman, however, as the latter • is now a real veteran. On the other hand, ; Ahearn would appear to be a worthy foe | for him, and the Briton would be better 1 employed in boxing a man of his own ; weight than tackling the heavy-weights, j THE TURF. j It would bo well if every employer of ; hands in England were filled with the ; same spirit as Lord Derby. It has juut been announced that every man and lad employed in Lord Derby’s racing stable ■ who enlists in the Army will have his i position kept open for him. Those capable of serving who fail to offer their ser- . vices will no longer be required. Much a policy commends itself to patriots, and if widely followed would soon wake up the shirkers. ' There is little to write about racing, be- ■ yond the fact that meetings are now about to be resumed all over the country. We : shall have the St. Lcgcr to claim atten- | tion next week, and other important fixtures will follow. j ■ CRICKET. i W. G. Grace has just celebrated his ’ jubilee. His first appearance in the highest company was in the All England XL v. the Lanedown XV., in 1864. He was then only 15 years of age, though 6ft tall, and his score amounted to 10. A few days jater, however, he made 170 against the Gentlemen of Sussex, at Brighton. , Most cricketers are no doubt aware that ; “ W.G.” was the first man to score 2,000 ; runs and lake 100 wickets in the same | season. This he accomplished in 1876, bis j totals being 2.622 and 134 resnectivelv. <

'I he feat was not duplicated until 1899, when C. L. Townsend did so, whilst G. L. Jessop followed the example, in 1900. Thus the first three men to accomplish the double were representatives of Gloucestershire. Since then W, W. Armstrong (Australia), Hirst. Rhodes, Tarrant, and Woolley have performed the feat. Hirst and Rhodes have the extra honor ot having done so in two consecutive seasons, the former easily holding pride of place among record holders with his “ bag ” of 2.580 runs and 208 wickets in 1906, no one els'; l , having taken 200 wickets in addition to scoring 2,000 runs.

homo remarkable scoring was seen during the opening innings of Essex v. Northamptonshire at Leyton. G. M. Louden and G. B. Davies .put on ICS runs in the short space of 55 minutes, the former's innings oi 64 including a 6 and seven 4’s. Davies also made a century in the second innmc.s, and with ('. D. M‘lvr-r reaching three figures, the visiting howlers had a bad time. Howell's innings of 204 for Hants v. Lancashire was" another recent batting feat of note. It is the highest inninge of his career, his hits includin-j 25 4 - s. This match also enabled Heap, of Lancashire, to score 132 mot out) at record breaking pace. He completed his century inside 70 minutes, hit-tins 21 4’s. Turning to recent notable performances with the ball, first notice is due to Fielder, of Kent. In the match against Warwickshire at Gravesend ho "took four wickets for 10 runs during the second innings of the visitors. Woolley also secured four for 53, whilst Fielder got four for 47 on behalf of Warwick. More great bowling was .seen during the march between Yorkshire and Gloucestershire, Booth taking twelve wickets for G9 runs, and Drake eight for 81, They howled throughout tho match without a change, and, with Kiinrr (who scored 169), were mainly responsible for the, decisive victory of Yorkshire. FOOTBALL.

The Rugby football dubs (a niateur) are showing more patriotism than the pro fessional Association chibs. The latter { arc helping the Prince of Wales’s Belief Fund by handing over the gate receipts j at practice matches, but one hears of few professional players volunteering for ser- I rice. Matters arc more pleasing in the j Rugby world, and several clubs will have j to fulfil their engagements with strange teams. No fewer than eight of the Yorkshire regular team are now wearing uniforms, two of tlie number (the brothers King) having joined the Territorials since the war commenced. Another proud record is that of Birkenhead Park, the hon. secretary having announced that the season's fixtures will have to he cancelled, as practically the whole of the first fifteen, and nearly ail the playing member?, are serving their Empire in some form or another. Contrasted with the announcement in a. London sporting paper that the Eastbourne lawn tennis tournament will bo held ns usual, and the! the executive have arranged a “round of pleasure, - ’ one is naturally reminded cf (he value of “Rugger” as a came to foster the fighting instinct, without - which we. should soon cease to count a.s a Power. IN GENERAL. H. Taylor proved successful in the annual swimming rare across Moroc.ombc Bay, hie time for the 10 miles (with the current) being 2h s:nin. During the course of a match between J. Braid and .1. Taylor on the Hainanlt eolf course, the ionium made a drive of 400 yds at the eighteenth hole. v.iiiDt he drove over the tenth, which measures 580 yds. A total of £1,045 was taken a( practice football matches in London on Miturday. and which was handed over to the Prince of Wales's Relief Fund. Syd. Kemp, the Australian sculler, performed a plucky action ibis week. Swing a lad in dancer of drowninc. he rowed to the scene, dived in. and' took the boy solely to land. The Jesus lollcce Boat Club, who were received so well in Belgium, are taking a prominent part in raising fund i", assist the Belgians who are do-MtTe mg to the invasion of their country by a nation they were m peace wdn

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THE SPORTING WOULD, Issue 15627, 19 October 1914

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