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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 3, 1910, Lethbridge, Alberta Special Bports Supplement The Lethbfldge Dtiiy Herald, Tuesday, S, 1910. THE WORLD'S GREATEST ATHLETE v- 4J NEV'BR Martin 'Sheridan j dan supreme showed again. the historic discus wood, bheridan was behind in -the Greek dlscu? throwing. His teammates threw'beyond hit. best until the last trial came. Theu, drawing on ttv marvellous reserve energy, be the platter-like pateTlIGMTdM ed Uie hitter-like weight a foot IK- weighted with brass and lead and rim- med with iron, without imagining him of one of .the ancient heroes ot Greece. He is another Pha- los .of Croton. Two tlwusand years ago of Croton out jumped and outthrew ill competitors, and jnade records-that astonished even the -Who had been holding great athletic-meets constantly for more than a thousand years. leaped -fifty-five feet in the triple leap, which is nearly five feet better than any modern athlete can claim. The ancient iwwever, fails to tell whether 'or not Phiyioa held in each hand a rounded piece" of rtone, which lie thruat behind him at tsie finish, to ad impetus to -the third leap.V Phaylos also threw an iron- bound dfccun weighing, as scholars tell us, twelve a distance "of ninety feet or better. Sheridan's throwing has been with a lighter missile, and It is bard to make comparisons. 'But Sheridan-is another such as the old Greek chaiiipionfr-srxJfeet tall, broad and brawny, yet supple and sudden in action. Among "pur modern he has no near No other living 'man with nim as an all-round athlete, and.. events he .holds recognized world's recoruB. doubt "be'would give old" Phaylos of Croton a hard rub lor the'honors, could the GreeX hero be-ressurected-fbr the occasion. One thing is Sheridan would try to ounce of his strength, and grit'and nerve-energy; for that's the kind of man he is. tie said with a laugh when congratulated upon'having won both the Greek" and "free-style" dis CUB" throws in the'Olympic games at >vnd the- resr 'and won. The ii.lug 'mpuewcMn the throwing j. Sheridan lookedJiope 'esoJy beaten until the final throw. Throwing the Discus in Athc'i-i I by wr en .Martin made _a ifc'.'fird ar-Athens, three, yea 3 event was held in a pu'. 'o'lic R OLUU near, the Stadium, i led f oni the first throw, nt njiT-au as, the tjon. iho i uge Finn.. Prince o1' Ciet'cc, himself a gigantic i six and i 'ij i l-ullt in prop 'nn, w much Interested. fourth .tnrow saied clea across the" field and tell on the edg 'of track beyond. O the other side of that was a stone wall leaptrs aad couW top six has suflered but cue cat me veil shot high walk, hammer- throw, pole-vault, hundred and twen- ty-yard hurdle running broad jump, .fifty-six-pound' .weight-throw, and mile run. These are run oS in quick succession, with only a' five-coin etc rest-interval between events. To go through the program Ukcs mar- vellous record lie finished the mile. be loW himself triumphantly. A GRIM. TEST OF ENDURANCE The starter's pistol -popped, and Martin swept into the long grind ar- ound cinder'path. It was easy going for a quarter of a mile'aud then suddenly a terrible cramp caught birn in the side and beet him, double. He staggered along in agony.. ton coach, running beside the track, called: "Keep moving, Martin; keep mov- ing! Only finish, and the record's yours." Sheridan, staggering and reeling along, could not answer; hut his 'Only a hundred they said. 'You'll makp'it yet! Only eighty, Martin! Steady, fall. Keep "My legs, were Jike lead, and tlfe pain in my body was such that I thought I'd. break in. two, at every stride. Yet they tell me I spurted ati the finish. I didn't know "it. It was all black, like running in a tunnel. 'Twenty called somebody. "Then.I fell myself falling. I near.- y.went down, but I pulled my legs throwing the- smoothing "iton. Jkietit'but three or fouraeveats, Sheri- jumpedtwcflty-seven 'ect and nine a every' points separating" the, grounds'from a stre'am between a magnificent sald-tbe Prince. "It will be told for many years that Sheridan of America threw the d'igcus into' t'he running track. If you could send it to the stone wall now, you'd have av monu- ment there to measure the throw for centuries.' said Martin, laughing. "If I get a good whip or it, I'll not alone throw it to the wall, but over into the creek beyond." -The "creek" was the famed Illissus, written into the history "and song of Greece for a score of centuries. "in that said Prince George, "you'll have a still more memorable jnark." _ Sheridan Ihrew the discus to the ches in the standing vriplc with! are a basis of one' thousand out weights, and nearly thiity five-'for each event, the full Uio4sand be- ing allowed for equalling world's record, and a proportionate' number of performances of lesser .meritr; success Iks Harry Gill, of -Toronto, broke Kel- do everything he ]y's fecord awfthat of'Ellery Clark, attempts just a little" than any Boston, another former cliampion. feet.with them." HOW SHERIDAN CAME TO NEW YORK Part af Sheridan's his -determination to else. H was twelve ago .grim never nagged. "I've worked too hard to lose now" he thought, "and I .won't." score -was six thousand two that he left County started hundred "and eighty and one-hall out to see the world. First hu went' jitter seven thousand points. across to England. Landing' Ssouth Aiming Sheridan determined to ampton without any too much money j in his pockets', he looked arouid for- work. A gang of Italians were lay- marks. One more lap-khat was the half mile. Another half to go! Around the course again, the threc- quarter mile. "Only a (quarter-mile more to go, called the coach. "Steady, boy, you'll make it: Keep An4 then, with a quarter-mile more to RO. Sheridan went stone far as I could, and reached out in blind from tion. heat and pain and exer- tape down with rne, so I got the rec- ord after thousand three hundred'and eighty-five points. But it was lucky Ldidn't'fall a minute sooner. -I know-now Dor- ando felt in London. "Next yean I'm'going to'train un- til I can finish with 'a niile in five minutes and a half, after' bettering my other marks. I've figured way to raise the to eight thousand points. If J succeed, some other fel- low can have the all-around title af- ter that. I'll be That's Martin Sheridan. He'll set his mark, and he'H never sfop until ho makes it. The all-round contest is a terrible strain. I've ieard phy- sicians sav that it is impossible for a man to eted on that day; "yet in every event Sheridan did a remarkably. good per- 'ormahce. Last on the program came the mile He had only to -cover the distance in about six minutes and a half in'order'to smash the record to Sberiaan had oiten my finger Viper iraining and muscles to work together, and developing the forearm, _which -does the best part ol the throwing, and body on the ship knew anything about r what I wW doing." Landing in London, "the Americans wenL into -training quarters. Day af- ter day; Sheridan and "Big Bill" Horr, the Syracuse' giant, with of M. W. Giffin, of Chica- Ho'rr threw better than Sheridan. They were great splendid -men, both of them. But when it came to was thrown from a wet, slippery clay the day of the contest, and the disous riny, the thing that has made Sheri- County Ireland. remark incidentally that Mayo turns ou: more famous athletes than any other spot of its size-on the" face of the globe. The elder Sheridan was a great jumper and weight-thrower, and Mar- tin was brought up on athletic exer- jumping anil throw- ing the iron.1' The lat- ter sport is common i'i Ireland. An ordinary and thrbwn "with tf Cull-arm swing the discus- throwing motion. '5'ot, a few "weeks swung his then, with money in his pocket, he "set sail for America mighty glad they were to see the me but the says Martin naively. Big brother Dick had already come to New York, -and was quite a in weight-throwing'circles. Dick, was remember that I listened when "Dick boasted Martin had several brothers-ail alh Ictes. Dick, the eldest, was a chatu- pion among hammer-throwers. Three mother's a giant. I with incredulity asoed the p- _ at discus "throwing. But in 1W1 Mar- tin began competing. He started like a champion, hurling the discus ooe hundred feet and nine inches, which Ss is a good performance even today. In a year he was the best discus-thrower in the worW, and since that time he Martin Sheridan THE ART OF SPRINTING BY F. H. HURLEY Summer Shoes Young Men Perfect fit that means comfort and style that gives a smart, dressy effect. Youc are sure of getting both these features in your summer [ootwear if you come to us for a pair of Rcgsl Qxa-icr-sizes insure you an exact fit, whatever your foot-length m.y ihc P..-W Regal models are accurate reproduction cf ihe Jasllet us stxua ou ihe new Regal do the rat i, Sporting Shoes U the time for these goods, and we have a complete range for FOOTBALL, LACROSSE, TENNIS, CRICKET and GOLFING. We have the Children's Vacation Shoes, which make tht Child enjoy hit summer holiday! more fully. Anything we have not got we can get, W. J. Nelson Co. In a former article, I explained tine modus operandi of acquiring thatr health and strength, that must be the would-be athletes stock in trade, at the time he commences training lor any special event. Assuming then, that he has this and wishes to try his hand at as short-distance running is it will be necessary- for him to de- vote at least a week or ten days to slow work on the track, jogging sa.j a quarter 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 that 5s to follow. At the expiration of this time, fast work may be begun as it is upon that, of course, that im- provement will depend. But let one add here a caution. Be sure al ways before any practice, to "warn up" thoroughly. This can be don by Jogging 200 or 300 "yards and the taking a couple of limbers of 40 or 50 yards, at three-quarter speed. Another matter, I would em- phasise at the outset is this: Don't be deluded into the belief that the more exercise you take the greater will be your improvement Never was there a bigger mistake. The fact is that the sprinter requires very little work. After, the preliminary canter, the runner should get into the starting one now almost -univer- sally adopted being is known as the; "all placing the fin- ger tips en the scratch line and his forward foot a comfortable distance back, usually fforo four to six this being best regulated by the length of the the rear foot so that the knee will test in the hollow [of the front one. and leaning as .far forward as possible, with the weight of the body entirely on the arm and front: foot, the rear one Delng used to ;ive -the "send-off." the starter gives the .word on your drop your knee (of the rear leg, of course) on the track, and when he says "Get sett" raise it again, and then think of noth- ing else but the report, and when you hear that, push off with both the rear one especially, with all the force at your command, and run as though your life depended upon it- run as though mad, in think of only one thing, and that is getting over the ground as fast as possible; concentrate your every thought and energy to this end. Sprinting is said to be an "intense" effort, and so it is. The only way to be succesful is to make it so. Don't go over ten or fifteen yards at each and be careful to stop up very gradually. You may repeat this half a dozen times, and then,