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KING AND QUEEN OF SWEDEN CHEERED THREE AMERICANS
By William G. Shepherd.
Stockholm, July 19. Here's the story of
the great 100-meter race in the Olympic
meet at Stockholm, as I saw it.
The starter's gun cracked 17 times on
the afternoon of Saturday, July 6, each
time sending half a dozen of the world's
amateur, sprinters off for the distance. It
was the elimination. Later in the after
noon the winners of the 7 heats ran six
more heats to discover who were the six
fastest men. The championship wa.s to lie
In five of the six heats Americans won.
In the sixth Alfred Patching of South Af
rica came in first, but there was no Ameri
can in this heat. If Patching had been de
feated in the semi-finals by an American
the world would have beheld the astonish
ing spectacle of six Americans running in
the presence pf 27 nations to see which one
of them was the champion hundred-meter
man qf the world.
On S,unday, July 7, the five Americans i
arid Patching ran the final.
There was a vast crowd in the stadium
the largest of the whole series of games.
The king and-qUeen of Sweden were there,
with their court retinue, and the. boxes
were filled with notables from every na
tion in the world.
The most stirring and spectacular event
of the 1912 Olympics was over, it seemed,
in a flash. A crack of the pisfol. a bunch
of six men flying toward the tape, five of
them wearing the American shield on the
breasts, and then
To the top of the three flag poles, which
from day to day had bulletined victories,
there fluttered three American flags.
It is rare far one nation to capture all
three places in an ahtletic event. It had
aot happened before in the Stockholm
meec l ne vast, cosmopolitan
crowd -rose to its feet -and
cneerea insanely tor tie
R. C. Craig of Detroit w;
first, Theji cante A. Meyer
the $Jew York Athletic Clu
and D. F. Lippmcott of t
University of Pennsylvani;
was a "close third. Patching
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Arriericans at his heels.