H. Hewitt Griffin Athletics

ISBN 13: 9781235277603


9781235277603: Athletics
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1891 Excerpt: ...and correct delivery must be studied. Many a strong man wastes his strength because his action is jerky and irregular. In Ireland and at the 'Varsities a lead shot is used; this is much smaller, and it can be gripped (iron cannot, unless the putter has a giant paw), and thereby sent further. At competitions in Ireland competitors often use their own "shots," and amongst the writers relics is the one with which Dr. Wadsworth, 'of Belfast, won the Irish championship with a put of over 40 ft. A peculiarity of the 'Varsities is, that the A.A.A. laws are set at naught, and a 10 ft. square used, a fact only one sporting paper (see page 46) has been able to detect. Feats of strength, such as "Slinging the 56 lb. weight," "Putting the 40 lb. weight" (a lead brick), and other variations, are popular in Ireland and America. CHAPTER IV. HURDLE RACING. "The hurdle race shall be over ten flights of hurdles on a level grass course of 120 yards straight. The hurdles shall stand 3 ft. 0 in. from the ground, and shall have level top-rails, and shall re placed 10 yards apart. The first flight of hurdles shall be 15 yards from scratch. Each competitor shall have his own line of hurdles, and shall keep to that line throughout the race." This is generally a weak spot in country meetings. In the first place a level, smooth stretch--not up the sprint path, which would be spoiled by driving in the hurdle posts--must be selected, not less than 140 yards in length. The markings will be as follows (see also Plan A of field), absolute accuracy being essential:--123456780 10 Scratch. Finish. Scale, 1 inch to 40 yards. From scratch there is a run of 15 yards to the first hurdle, then 10 yards between each flight, with 15 yards run in to the tape. ...

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