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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - May 3, 1910, Lethbridge, Alberta special 8|iorts Supplement The Lethbrkige Daily Htnld, TueiMtoy, May 3,1910. Pagelg MARTIN SHERIDAN, THE WORLD'S GREATEST AMETE .If NBVBR �ee Martin Sheridan burllnB the historic discus or wood. w�l(htMt with brass and lead and rim mfld wltb iron, wtthout ImagininK htm a reincarnation of one of the ancient heroes of Greece. Me is another Pba los of Croton. Two thousand years aso Phalo* of Croton outjumped and outthrew all competitors, and made records that aatonUhed even the Ureeks wlio had been holding great athletic meets oonstantlf for more than a thouaand years. Phayloa leaped flfty-nve feet in the triple leap, which is nearly live feet better than any modern athlete can claim. The ancient account, liowever, fails to tell whether or not Ptiaylos held in each band a rounded piece of �Mae. which lie thrust behind him at the BbMi. to ad Impetus to the third le�9. Phayloa aleo threw an iron bound diecua weighing, as scholars tell ua, loawtbiBf like twelve pounds, a dlatance of ninety feet or better. Sherldan'a throwing has been with a lighter miasile, and It Is bard to make comparisons. But Sheridan is huother such man aa the old Greek chttmplona-six feet tall, broad and brawny, yet supple and audden in action. Among our modern athletes he luw no .lear rivals. No other living man can claea wtth blm as an all-round athlete, and in six events he holds recognized world's reoorus. There's small doubt he would give old Phaylos of Croton a hard rub lor the honors could the Greek hero be ressurected for the occasion. One thing la sure, Sheridan would try to the Iwt ounce of his etrength, and grit and nerve-energy; for that's the kind of man he is. 'Tm lucky," he said with a laugh, when eottsivtolated upon having won both the Greek and "free-style" discus throws in the Olympic games at London. Bst was It luck? Ooittf to Bngtend. there was no ebanoe Ipr the American weight-throwers iQ keep in practice. One must have more room than that available on a steamer deck for throwing) a discus or a hammer. While the other athletes were sitting around, Martin worked out a training system of his own. "I Just walked up and down all the time with my hands in my pockets," he told me. "I had pieces of paper crumpled into a ball in each hand, and I kept gripping them. Every time I MgUlened thy grip I imagined I was giving the flnal lift to a discus with | my finger tips. I was trainlag my mind and my muscles to work together, and developing the forearm, which does the best part of the throwing, and nobody on the ship knew anything about what I was doing." Landing in London, the Americans went into training quarters. Day after day Sheridan and "Big Bill" Horr, the Syracuse giant, with Garrels, of Michigan, and M. W. Qlflln, of Chicago, threw the discus together. In that preliminary work both Garrels and Horr threw better than Sheridan. They were great men-splendid men, both of them. But when it came to | was thrown k^>m a wet, slippery clay the day of the contest, and the diseus ring, the thing that has made Sherl- dim supreme showed again. Sheridan w.is behind in the Greek dlBcu? throwing. Ills team-.nates threw bpjotid lil� best until the last trial cime. Then, drawing on tii m.Trvellous reserve energy, he c* the platter-llke pateTHO.MTil.M ed the letter-like weight a foot b. yiind 'i'.i rest and won. The ianw ii.luR ii'ppenc 0 in the throwing "lo.n a cl '.!('. .\! ! 'n Sheridan looked liope-'es.ily L'eutcn until the final throw. Throwing the Discus in Atha'i' 'nn, w.-i? much Interested. Sheridan's fourth throw safted clear across the field and fell on the edge or the running track beyond. On the other side or that was a stone wall separating the grounds from a small stream between preclpKous banks. "That was a mugniflcent throw," said the Prince. "It will be told for many years that Sheridan of America threw th^ digcug into t'he running track, if you could send it to the stone wall now, you'd have a monument there to measure the throw for centuries." "Sure!" suid .Martin, laughing. "If 1 get a good whip oi it. 111 not alone "grand leapers," and couW top six has suHcred but one defeat-a matter ] run a minute faster than that in trai..f afterward \ ,ouldn't see a thinilcad Europe's best all-round athlete, came of light spiked shoos, which T.�'-:f� lis here one year and set a record; and performance remarkable even in a| no rival lor Kilev has yet appeared on This summer he turned his attention race filled with a sense of strength out. to the American all-around champion-! and confidence. He knew he held the! ' '^^"'y ship, whidi he had already won twice j record safe-if he flnirfied the mile. a hundrcti more, Martin ' ando felt in IxHtdon. ".\ext year I'm going to train un- meet. It is practically a world's 1 told himself triumDhantly. champfooship, as Kiley of Irelano, they said. 'You'll makj.. it yet! Only | til I can finish with a mile in five "Seventy-five hundred points!" heMartin' Steady, boy-fifty i minutci and a half, after bettering yards-don't fall Keep going-keep j my other marks. I've figured a way goinir-keep -oin.' ' , to raise the record to eight thousand country famous for its jumpers ever since Finn McCotri crossed Ireland in tbtee leaps and left hia heel matks in the solid stone where he look off. After the Olympic 'r:ii;itter seven thousand points, across to England. Landing at South Aiming high, Sheridan determined to throw it to the wall, but over into the 1 *L''^V*^L'k^T,L^"for' ^" creek bevond ' '"^ POtkets, he looked arot^r.d for; ,prj,tg hurdle races, making some Tho Z!!^ f,.n�H mu..,. ^ ^ ""'^ PWndld marks. At last be was fit The creek was the famed Illtesua.., ^j^^, ^,,^ j 5^,^.^ ,,tin the test. Tha first race was the written into the history and song of ,,_ m�fn.wit TItm. ""i raw: was uw f�r .____ �f ,o,.....^. watched the men for a momotit. Tire* hundred yards, which he covered m Greece for a score or centuries. . or four were slowly and leliborBtely ten and thr^e-fifths seconds Of In,hat case. �a.d Prince George, heavy skdgfs.[eo,,�, ,t , ,,po,ihle to score in Stepping up, Martin pushed one of them aside, took his sledge, anil be- "youll have a gtUI more memorable mark." Sheridan ^hrew the discus to the j ^^n driving spikes himself with heavy root of the stone wall-not over It. kio,.,._a blow to each spike and no Each of his lam three throws broke, njo^c. Down they went one after pu-the world s record. His ambition now. j other-smash, smash, smash, is to tetutn to Greece �ome day-per- ^^^e foreman engaged Sheridan on haps tluB year-and throw that old spot, and set him to driving Greek discus from the iron circle at I .pj^^, ,e ,hree men's work, the Gymnasium over the low stone, day long he swung his sledge wall and into the Twek." . stopping for a rest. The oth- ers, ashamed, tried to keep pace with him. When the day was over, Sheridan, with an untamable Irishman's desire to proclaim himself, stiU fresh as a daisy, cleared both tracks in a standing jump, and then jumped back again, all of which vastly amazed the A Family of Irish Athletes Followers of athletic sport often no-t^ce that strength and nerve force "run in famlllee." Perhaps that is one explanation of Martin Sheridan's sur^-rl'Sing all-round ability In athletics He was born in Bohola, near Swinford County .Mayo, Ireland. And 1 might \ ftaliane. remark Incidentally that Mayo turns i ^'"^ * weeks aheridan swung out more famous athletes than any i his sledge, and then, with money in other spot or its Size on the face of the (Ws Pocket, he set sail for America, globe "And mightv glad thev were to see The elder .Sheridan was a great | ..'^''""iv i foreman." jumper and weight^thrower and Mar-} ^'J^ "Jj^^^^^^^^^^^ ^ m was brought =,p on atble .c cxer-i � c,ses-prmc,paly,umpmgan.l throw-, weight-throwing circles. Dick was .ng the "smoothing .ro.n.' The '^t-L gianf I remet^ber that I listenad di!** fl'.i t*^ wi?h incredulity when Dick boasted ordinary flaliron .s ,;ra.3.^ hv j .^^t fcis "kid brother" could beat him handle and thrown w.th a fu 1-arm 3^ ^ swmg closely resembling the d.sct.s- ^ o^p^ting He started like throwing motion. a champion, hurling the discus one Martin had several brothers-ail alh, hundred feet and nine inches, which �s letes Dick, the eldest, wm9 a f ha.-.i- I ^ performance even today. In a year he was the best discus-thrower each part of an all-around contest as if It were the only event to be competed on that day; yet in every event Sheridan did a remarkably good performance. Last on the program came the mile run. He had only to cover the distance in about six minutes and a half in order to smash the record to smithereens; and Sherioan had often pion among hammer-throwers. Three uncles-his mothcr'.s brothers-were the world, and since that time he I Martin Hheridaii pain in my body wa.s such that I low can have the all-around title af-thought I'd break in two at every ter that I'll be through!" J .u I 'f**''" Yet thev tell mc I spurted at That's Martin .Sheridan He'll set !S!l^,u.^*.!"f'.!*'-itT I' know'it it was His mark, and he'll never stop until ci on I. - ~ ..- black, like running in a tunnel. hi makes it The all-round contest " 'Twenty yards!' railed .somebody, is a terrible strain. I've beard phy-"Then I fell myself falling I near- sicians sav that It is impossible tor ly went down, but I pulled my legs a man to do so without dying on the under me and lurched on. My knees I spot, |,iit I know it to be a fact that gave way again, and I barely .aught Martin .Sheridan lost a little more myself lor a couple of strides more, than twenty pounds' weight during I could hear the coach saying: i the three hours that the contest last- "'Only ten yards more, Martin!'jCd. And if wasn't fat He was a "It sounded to me as if he was cry-j wdl-trained, lean athlete when he ing THE ART OF SPRINTING BV r H. HURLEY I Perfect fit that means comfort and coolness-custom style that gives a smart, dressy effect. You, are sure of getting both these features in your summer footwear if you come to us for a pair of Regal quartcr-sizes insure you an exact fil, whatever your foot-iengdi m y !. te at least a week or ten days to slow work on the track, jogging say 11 (juarter of a mile or thereabouts daily, at a pace a little above a walk, in order to strengthen and prepare the muscles and tendons, as well as the vital organs for the more trying work tiiat is to follow. At the expiration of tlii* time, fast work may be begun as it is upon that, or cotirse. that improvement will depend. But let me add liere a caution. Be sure always before any practice, to "warm up" thoroiighly. This can be done by jogging 200 or 300 yards and then taking a couple of limbers of 40 or 50 yards, at three-quarter speed. Another matter, I would UkOfito emphasise at the outset is this: Don't be deluded Into the belief dhat the more exercise you take the greater will be your improvement. Never was there a bigger mistake. The fact is that the sprinter requires v^ry little work. After the preliminary canter, the runner should get Into the starting position-the one now :