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Chariots of Fire...



Item # 650167

July 11, 1924

THE NEW YORK TIMES, July 11, 1924.

* Eric Liddell
* 400 Meter World Record
* Paris France Olympics
* Flying Scotsman
* "Chariots of Fire" fame


Page 5 has one column headings that include: "WORLD MARK BROKEN TWICE IN 400 METERS" "Liddell Wins Final in 0:47 3-5 as Record Falls for Third Time in Olympics" and more. (see) Liddell was portrayed in the movie "Chariots of Fire." Always nice to have notable events in history reported in this World famous publication.
Other news of the day. Complete with all 20 pages, light toning with minor wear at the margins, irregular with some wear along the spine with a little unrelated text loss, otherwise good.

wikipedia notes: During the summer of 1924, the Olympics were hosted by the city of Paris. Liddell was a committed Christian and refused to race on Sunday, with the consequence that he was forced to withdraw from the 100 metres race, his best event. The schedule had been published several months earlier, and his decision was made well before the Games began. Liddell spent the intervening months training for the 400 metres, an event in which he had previously excelled. Even so, his success in the 400m was largely unexpected. The day of 400 meters race came, and as Liddell went to the starting blocks, an American masseur slipped a piece of paper in his hand with a quotation from 1 Samuel 2:30, "Those who honor me I will honor." Liddell ran with that piece of paper in his hand. He not only won the race but broke the existing world record with a time of 47.6 seconds. A few days earlier Liddell had competed in the 200 meter finals, for which he received the bronze medal behind Americans Jackson Scholz and Charles Paddock, beating Harold Abrahams, who finished in sixth place. (This was the second and last race in which these two runners met.)

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