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SWIMMING

», KAHANAMUKD NARROWLY BEATEN. Press Association—By Telegraph—Copyright. SYDNEY, January 7. (Received January 7, at 9.5 a.m.) In the 440 yds Championship of New South Wales, 'Adrian, of Manly, defeated Duko Kahannmuku, of Hawaii, by a touch in smin 38sec. The finish caused tremendous excitement among tho local cracks. [The. late B. B. Kicran swam "the quarter" in smin 19scc at Laveudav Bay Bath. l ;, Sydney, on April -, 1905, and F. Beaurepaire- did tho distance in smin 23sec at Budapest on Juno 8, 1910. Adrian won the mile championship of tho .State on. Tuesday last, when he decisively defeated Thomas.] TWO NEW RECORDS. .SYDNEY, January 7. (Received January 7, at 9.40 a.m.) Cunha, the other Hawaiian, swam 110 yards in 65 3-ss-ee, beating tho Australas Inn record by a. second. EhulLiy won tho 220 yds breast-stroke championship in ijniin 17soe, beating- the previous record by two-fifths of a second. [(.'. Healy was tho previous holder of the- Australasian Tecord for 110 yds—viz., 64sec, made at Domain Baths, Sydney, on January 10, 1912.] KAHANAM.OKU. "Duke" Ka-banamoku, the famous island swimmer, may visit New Zealand. A ie.\r particulars about "Duke," as. given by Mr W. F. Corbett in the Sydney 'Mail,' will no donbt be welcome. Mr Corbett says that Hie famous Hawaiian is an intelligent., bright fellow, with an attractive* personality and a. modest reserve. Ho is too reserved, the interviewer thinks, but ho may throw thai off when he. gets to know us better. Replying to the several expressions of welcome voiced, Kahanamoku said he. was not as good a speaker "as the rest of the bunch here "—looking at his manager, Mr .Francis Evans, and fellowsv.innner George Cunha, but ho desired to say he would do his best to please everybody. It, was two or three years since ho first decided to visit Australia, but something always, occurred to block the way almost at the last moment-. Mr Eivans referred 1o Australasians, as the greatest spoits-loving people in the world, and Australian applause acknowledged the high nmnplimont. Cunha was glad to see this much-talked-of land. He did nofc think he would over have- had that pleasure but for the fact that he. was a swimmer. —Kahan-amoku and Cunha Swim.—■ Soon after their arrivel tho two great, swimmers were, driven to tho Municipal Baths, Domain, which proved an eyeopener to them. 'They had scon nothing ajivwho.ro to equal that place for carnival purposes. Kahanamoku and Cunha emitted the water, and. showing no pace worth mentioning, each did enough to satisfy 'he critical onlooker that both were certainly all they had been represented. Cunha's is very like Kahauamokn's leg work, which is a kick different to that of most other swimmers. His is the movement of a screw-propelled boat. Tho lege aro much more, iu service than the arms. Experts hold tho opinion that his unusually large pedal extremities are an advantage to him. Though Kahn.namokn put up a, world's record (limn 23see) for the 100 metre.'.! met-, at. Stockholm, he improved upon that achievement at Hamburg a. little later by t-raversing the distance in lmin l*sec. Then the German champion BveU-ing was defeated easily. Cecil Healy swam second to the Inland boy in Sweden, finishing 1.-sec behind him. —Fame in a Night. It is interesting (o recall that a year before his appearance, in the United Stales KcUuma.inoku was recognised, as a wonder at Honolulu, where ho created American records which, being credited 1o one unknown beyond the. confines of his place of. birth, wore not seriously accepted. However, when he went east and competed in the A.A.I", championships, b p jumped from obscurity to world-wide fame, in a single night. The young native showed all tlte signs of the speed-burner ha had. been proclaimed by officials of organised Honolulu swimming. The new luminary iu the natatorial firmament won a. 100 yds scratch race in the New York Athletic ('•bib's tank, and occupied no more than 57-ec over the task. A few days later he gathered a like even! at Philadelphia in exactly the same time. Further on lie showed his heels to a bunch of the, best intercollegiate swimmers, while throwing the distance behind in 56fsee, and all this in face of tho fact that tank-swimming war-'' entirely new to him. At Oiieago about, four months Ijefore the. decision of tho Olympic Games, Kahanamoku started in a heat, of a 50yd? race, and was defeated by Philip Malen in 2q|sec. A night later, at the same place-—the Chicago Athletic Association's basin—the 100 yds contest fell to him ib STsec.

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SWIMMING, Issue 15694, 7 January 1915

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SWIMMING Issue 15694, 7 January 1915

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