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Track, Swim Aces Sweep Five Olympic Eve



Harrison Dillard Ties Jesse Owens' 100-Mark;
Ris, Cochran,_Harlan, Steele Cop Gold Medals

By The Associated Press
OLYMPIC STADIUM, Wembley, England, July 31-America's
Olympic forces, led by an ebony comet named Harrison Dillard,
swept three of the most coveted track and field championships today
to grasp the undisputed leadership in that phase of the 1948 World
Coming back brilliantly after yesterday's weak start, Uncle Sam's
lads gave a capacity throng of 83,000 a thrilling display as they won
the 100 meter dash, the 400-meter hurdles and the broad jump, broke
one Olympic record and tied another.
Dillard, already recognized as the world's greatest hurdler, scored
the day's most sensational triumph when he beat his famous team-
mate, Barney Ewell, by a whisker in the 100 meters and matched
the Olympic mark of 10.3 seconds set by another American Negro,
Jesse Owens, at Berlin in 1936.
Contesting with him for individual honors was Roy Cochran, a
quiet instructor from the University of Southern California, who raced
to an easy victory in the 400 meter hurdles. He finished four yards
ahead of his closest rival in the new Olympic record time of 51.1
Willie Steele, Negro star from San Diego State College, capped
the American comeback by''

. ..new 400 meter hurdle mark

American Mat Team Still
Intact After Second Test

LONDON, July 31-(/P)-Every
American wrestler still was in the
running for an Olympic Title to-
night after almost two full days
of continuous elimination bouts.
Twenty-four matmen have been
eliminated-but not one of them
is an American.
In the 11 niatches today involv-
ing American wrestlers, the U. S.
athletes won eight and lost three.
William S. Jernigan of Tulsa,
Okla., suffered two of the defeats
in the flyweight division but both
were by split decision and so he
remains in the running.
Under the Olympic scoring sys-
tem two black marks are charged
against a wrestler who loses a split
decision, three are charged against
him if he is thrown or loses by
unanimous decision, one is charged
against him if he wins by a de-
cision. He escapes a black mark
only if he wins by a fall. Five
black marks send the athlete to
the sidelines.
Jernigan lost to both V. L. Vii-
tala og Finland and to F. K. Ja-
dov of India.

Hal Moore of Geary, Okla., the
U. S. Featherweight, split his day's
efforts. He pinned Abdel Hamed
of Egypt after dropping a split de-
cision to Hassan Fadian of Iran.
Bill Koll, Iowa State Teachers
College student, threw A. Chaf-
fariari and put the Egyptian out
of the running for the lightweight
Gerald Leeman of Cedar Falls,
Ia., won two bouts during the day.
He pinned R. Cazaux of Great
Britain, and then eliminated L.
Biringer of Hungary, by taking a
decisions in the bantamweight
The other U. S. winners today
were Richard Hutton of Oakhurst,
Okla., the heavyweight, who de-
feated A. Sakdhari of Iran, and
Leland G. Merrill, Jr., of Mill-
town, N.J., who defeated F. West-
ergren of Sweden, in a welter-
weight tussle and then decisioned
Byung Kwan Whang of Korea.
Middleweight Glenn Brand of
Clarion, Iowa, was the last of the
Americans to triumph.

winning the broad jump with a
mighty leap of 25 feet, 8 inches.
Two of his teammates, Herbert
Douglas of Pitt and Lorenzo
Wright of Wayne University, took
third and fourth, respectively, be-
hind Tom Bruce, an Australian.
Over in the Olympic pool, mean-
while, the American aquatic stars
were making a clean sweep of the
men's springboard diving cham-
pionships and placing first, sec-
ond and fourth in the finals of the
Ris Captures 100
Wally Ris of the. University of
Iowa captured the 100 meter swim
in 57.3 seconds to clip two-tenths
off the Olympic record as all three
Americans finished ahead of the
highly favored Frenchman, Alex
Alan Ford, former Yale star, was
second, with Geza Kadas of
Hungary third, while Keith Carter
of Purdue nosed out Jany for the
Fourth spot.
Bruce Harlan of Ohio State won
the springboard diving title, fol-
lowed in order by another Buck-
eye star, Miller Anderson, and Dr.
Sammy Lee of Pasadena, Calif.
Harlan tallied 163.64 points, An-
derson 145.52, and Lee 141.79.
Only the hammer throw, the 50-
kilometer hike and the women's
javelin throw escaped the hungry
maw of the Americans as six track
and field championships were de-
Imry Nemeth, a husky Hungar-
ian, won the hammer with a near-
record toss of 183 feet, 111/2 in.
Bob Bennett of Apponaug, R.I.,
took third at 176, 3/2, and Sam
Felton Jr., of Harvard fourth with

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176 feet, %/2 inch. Mrs. Dorothy
Dodson of Mundelein, Ill., grabbed
fourth in the javelin behind some
long-throwing European girls. The
50-kilometer walk was a total loss.
Photo-Finish in Century
Dillard's victory in the classic
100 was the day's high point. The
Baldwin-Wallace star, rated only
third on the American squad,
jumped from his blocks like a
kangaroo at the gun and was never
caught, though Ewell was closing
on him in the final yards. It took
a photo to cut them apart.
Lloyd La Beach, the Panaman-
ian who has done most of his
running for American colleges,
finished third, with Alan McCor-
quodale of Britain fourth, Mel
Patton of Southern California,
fifth and MacDonald Bailey, a
Jamaican running for Britain,
sixth and last. The race was be-
tween Dillard and Ewell all the
way, with the others steadily losing
Patton was the big disappoint-
ment. Never a very fast starter,
the coast youth virtually was left
today and he never had a hope
of catching the two brown jack-
rabbits out in front.
Dillard's victory was a reward
of burning determination as much
as anything else. Failing to qual-
ify for his specialty, the high
hurdles, because he got tangled up
in the American trials, he came
over vowing to win the century.
He worked ceaselessly to perfect a
lightning start, and today it paid
100 Mark Should Be Recognized
There was no reason to suppose
that his 10.3 clocking would not
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be recognized as tying the Olympic
mark, as the final was run directly
into .a west breeze of sufficient
force to keep the white Olympic
flag flapping gently.
Cohran, running what he said
would be his last hurdles race,
never was seriously pushed in the
400, though Duncan White of
Ceylon, who finished second, also
bettered the existing Olympic rec-
ord of 52 seconds flat set by Glenn
Hardin of U.S.A. at Los Angeles
in 1932. White was timed in 51.8.
There is every expectation, too,
that Cochran's mark will be rati-
Rune Larsson of Sweden, who
had been touted to give Cochran
a hard race, finished third in 52.2,
barely nosing out the second
American finalist, Dick Ault of
the University of Missouri, who
was fourth. Cochran's space-eat-
ing stride and flawless jumping
shot him into the lead within the
first few yards, and he was out
all alone in the final run to the
The former gob was, incidently,
the first of the three Americans to
stand front and center and re-
ceive his Olympic medal while the
bandplayed the Star Spangled
Steele Injured
Steele made his winning leap in
the broad jump despite a pulled
tendon in his right foot which
forced him to pass up his last four
jumps. He hurt the foot during
the morning preliminaries, but'
luckily, got his best distance on his
first try in the afternoon.
He tried one more, didn't like
what he felt, and then sat by while
his rivals tried unsuccessfully to
match him. It didn't matter, ex-
cept that, with nothing to lose on
his last four jumps, he could have
gone all out in an attempt to equal
or better Jesse Owens' Olympic
record of 26 feet, 5 3/8 inches.
Bruce, the Australian, surprised
by taking second place with a
jump of 24 feet, 9/ inches. Doug-
las was third at 24-9 and the other
American, Wright, fouxth with
Races which created almost as
much interest as today's finals
were the semi-final heats of the
800 and 5,000 meters.
Whitfield Second in Trials
Mal Whitfield, America's chief
Olymipic To tals
LONDON, July 3-P-f
ter two days of competition in
the 1948 Olympic Games, the
United States is far out in front
in the unofficial point table
with 101 tallies. Ninety-four of
those points were recorded to-
day in an American scoring
France is a remote second
with 28 points. In all, 21 na-
tions have scored.
Officially, no points are
awarded and no Olympic team
championships are determined.
United States . .61 3 37 101
France ........10 14 4 28
Sweden ........23 2 25
Australia ......15 15
Hungary .......4 10 14
Great Britain ..12 12
Austria.......... 12 12
Norway.......10 10
Czechoslovakia .10 10)
Finland........ 2 5 7
Italy...........1 5 6
Yugoslavia .... 5 5
Switzerland .... 5 5
Ceylon.........5 5
Holland ... 4 4
Denmark: : 4 4
Panama........ 4 4
Poland........ 3 3
Mexico ........ 3 3


hope in the 800, qualified easily
for Monday's final by loping in a
short head behind Marcel Han-
senne of France in the good time
of 1:50.5 in the first of three heats.
Herb Barten of Michigan won his
trial in 1:51.7, and Bob Chambers
got into the final field of nine by
finishing third in his trial.
It looks as though the final will
see Whitfield fighting it out with
Hansenne, Ingvar Bengtsson of
Sweden and Arthur Wint of Ja-
maica. Wint is a long-legged Ne-
gro who reminds very much of
Johnny Woodruff, who won the
800 for America in 1936. He has
the same tremendous stride, and
he hasn't really let himself go yet.
Only one of three American en-
tries survived the heats of the
5,000. Curtis Stone of State Col-
lege, Pa., got in by finishing third
in his run, but he will be a boy
among men when the European
distance giants start battling
Monday. Clerance Robinson of
Brigham Young and Jerald
Thompson of the University of
Texas dropped out of it today.
Czech Star Outsprinted
The final should be something
to gawk at. Emil Zatopek, the
hardy Czech who won the 10,000
meters yesterday, was beaten by
about a foot in his heat today by
Erik Ahlden of Sweden after they
had raced like a pair of sprinters
around the last turn and down the
America's three entries in the
pole vault qualified for Monday's
final without working up a sweat,
finding today's ceiling of 13 feet,
112 inches almost beneath their
dignity. Of the trio-Bob Rich-
ards of the Illinois Athletics Club,
Boo Morcom of Duham, N.H., and
Guinn Smith of the San Fran-
cisco Olympic Club--not one ever
failed to get over on first try, and
none removed his floppy jacket
until right at the last. Nine others
are in the final.
The American girl sprinters
were washed out completely in the
opening trials of the 100 meters,
none managing to finish better
than third in her heat, whirh
wasn't good enough. The best time
set in any of the nine heats was 12
seconds flat,by a Dutch girl. Helen
Stephens of Fulton, Mo., won it in
11.5 at Berlin in 1936. Maybe the
girls aren't what they used to be.
Tigers 'Seck
Alabama Hi h
School Star
DETROIT, July 31-(/P)-Gen-
eral Manager Billy Evans said to-
day the Detroit Tigers had made
a very attractive bonus offer to
18-year-old Frank (Pic) House,
star Bessemer, Ala., high school
"But we have no assurance we'll
get him," Evans said. "Every big
league club in the business is after
him and we have no idea how our
offer compares with others."
House was in Detroit for two
days this week working out under
many watchful eyes. Evans said
he was hitting brilliantly and
that there is no doubt that he is a
good major league prospect.
is blended and shaped to
your facial features--a
"Crew" or "Personality" cut
is convincing.
7 Barbers - No waiting!!
Between State and
Michigan Theatres


LONDON, July 31-(A)-Amer-
ica's favored skyscrapers of the
court sat on the sidelines today
and watched the rest of the world
battle for places in the Olympic
Basketball Tournament.
The United States team, first
round conqueror of Switzerland,
had the day off. Its next test in
the preliminary round-robin is
Monday when it plays Czechoslo-
vakia, the European champion.
Brazil furnished the surprise
note of today's rather boisterious

activities at the Harringay Arena,
defeating Uruguay, the South
American champion, 36 to 32.
Azevedo, a tall Brazilian, wound
up with a bloody nose as the result
of one scramble on the floor.
Guarding was close.
Argentina staged a blitz finish
to thrash Egypt, 57 to 38, in a
game so rugged six Egyptians
fouled out and the green-clad
boys from Cairo finished with only
four men on the court.

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