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By Samuel Hawley

Literary Nonfiction. Biography. Canadian historical past. activities. on the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics an unknown Vancouver runner named Percy Williams surprised the activities international via taking pictures the a hundred- and 200-meter gold medals. a few stated the feat was once a fluke. It wasn't. In 1929 Percy silenced naysayers via sweeping the united states indoor tune circuit, then he went directly to set a global list within the a hundred meters that will stand till the arriving of Jesse Owens. And in among he waged a pace duel with the fleetest males on this planet, a conflict for music supremacy and the identify "World's quickest Human." in keeping with broad examine that incorporated entry to Percy's inner most letters, diary and scrapbooks, I simply RAN is the 1st full-length account of this activities legend, some of the most recognized Canadians of his day yet now mostly forgotten. It starts off because the Cinderella tale of a formative years who conquers a activity ruled by means of American sprinters. Then it will get grittier, for achievement and popularity had a depressing facet. I simply Ran follows Percy and his janitor-coach Bob Granger as they trip during the international of elite operating within the Twenties and 30s—a international that used to be no longer continually beautiful underneath the veneer of amateurism.

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Doral was once varied, gigantic and loud and outgoing and a little bit a hellraiser. there has been anything approximately him, although, that used to be very beautiful, a welcoming openness, a simple jocularity, a present he appeared to have for playing lifestyles to the fullest. He and “Perce” quickly turned first-class neighbors. Bob Granger, in the meantime, used to be racing approximately on shore, seeing the attractions in among widespread journeys to the telegraph place of work. again in Hamilton his cabled entreaties to Vancouver had ended in the dispatch of a small sum that he had used to keep on with the Olympic staff to Toronto after which Montreal. The Albertic was once now approximately to sail and Bob nonetheless had no longer obtained the extra mammoth volume he had to pay his method around the Atlantic. driven to the furthest extremity, his luggage by some means came across its method on board and used to be carried besides the Canadian crew to Quebec urban whereas Bob himself, as he enigmatically positioned it, alongside “by different capacity than by way of the St. Lawrence River” — means that he insisted didn't contain stowing away. In any occasion he keeps: “As the send docked and that i walked on board, [the ship’s officials] attempted to gather for the passage from Montreal. notwithstanding, I controlled to get my passport and luggage ashore simply in time, and bade the staff ‘Bon voyage. ’” After observing the Albertic sail away down the St. Lawrence towards the Atlantic, Bob headed once more to the telegraph workplace. He used to be 3 thousand miles from Vancouver and had one other 4 thousand miles to visit get to the Olympics. And he used to be back broke. 35 1 H. H. Roxborough,” Hamilton units the Pace,” Maclean’s, September 1, 1928, 17 and 50–52. For a pattern of Hamiltonian crowing and Torontonian comebacks, see TS, August 17, 1927, eight. 2 Percy to Charlotte Williams, Wednesday (June 20, 1928), PWC, Written records, Box 1, 985: nine: 50w. three VS, July 24, 1929, eleven. four Ibid. five Roxborough, Canada on the Olympics, seventy three; TS, July 3, 1928, 10. 6 vice president, June 28, 1928, 14. 7 Kidd, sixty nine. eight HS, July 3, 1928, 18 and 19. nine VS, July 24, 1929, eleven. 10 Doug Clement, interview with the writer, July 31, 2008. Percy’s stress grip blocks may be obvious in his fingers in pictures taken instantly following the Olympic trials 100-metre ultimate. greenback Hester additionally turns out to have had a couple. Percy’s are actually on reveal on the BC activities corridor of status and Museum. eleven vice chairman, July 1, 1928, 1–2. 12 vice chairman, July 1, 1928, 1–2; HS, July 3, 1928, 16 and 18; TS, July 3, 1928, 10; TT, July three, 1928, 28. thirteen Percy’s replica of this system for the Canadian Olympic Trials, June 30, July 2, 1928, The Stadium, Hamilton, Ont. , PWC, Written files, Box 3, 985: nine: 42e. 14 TT, July 3, 1928, 28. 15 HS, July 3, 1928, 18; Percy Williams diary, June 30, 1928, quoted in Gardner, forty two: “Well, the day of miracles isn't really handed. I can’t rather comprehend but yet they are saying successful the 100 metres places me at the boat for Amsterdam. ” sixteen Percy to Charlotte Williams, 1st (July 1, 1928), PWC, Written records, Box 2, 985: nine: 47i. Percy had already despatched a cable to Dot instantly after the race informing her of his victory: “Won hundred metres.

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