Photograph: Werner Schmidt

Thursday, July 19, 2012

100 Years Ago Today...

HTBS’s Tim Koch writes about his fellow [Auriol] Kensington club member, William ‘Wally’ Kinnear:

“One hundred years ago today, at 5 p.m. on 19 July 1912, the final of the Olympic Sculls started.

Veirman started with a long, energetic spurt and, at the 500 metre mark, led by about half a length. Kinnear’s long stroke, with its masterly recovery, brought the representative of Great Britain level with the Belgian oarsman at the kilometre mark, and very soon afterwards Kinnear was a length ahead. All the efforts of the Belgian were fruitless, and Kinnear won safely in 7 minutes, 47 seconds.

From The Official Report of the Stockholm Games.”

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