Athletics of To-Day for Women

Second International Ladies' Games, 1926 73 Despite the fact that only two teams were to run in the second heat, and both were safe, therefore, to go through to the final, the wedish ladies gave of their very best and returned 53~- secs., in a valiant attempt to conquer France, whose t am recorded 5r 4 cs. for an ea y victory. This made them appear as opponents po ibly worthy of the Briti h steel. The baton-changing of the riti h girl had b en, however, perfect; they were in winning v in and proved them elv s utt rly invincible. Franc , it i true, put up a brilliant fight and chipp d three-fifths of a econd from their previous time, but when Thomp on pa d the baton to Edwards (Picture 32, ro3 and ro4) that happy smile of triumph, which had marked the latter's victory at 250 m tr on the Friday, was well in evidence again, and I fancy, too, she reali ed that a new World' record was ju t about due, although the previous best was not yet an hour old. Anyway, Mi l dwards rac d away on her own over the la t stag , and I doubt if he has v r run fast r. The time for th whole team of 49 5- ec . stago-er d the pectator , when it was ann un ed. ranee return d 5I secs., Cz ho- lovakia 52<1- CS., and w d n 53 secs. Then came the concluding v nt of the c nd International Ladi s' Game , th much-di u se r,ooo m tres race (Pictures 7 , 79, o and 2), a di tance which many men r gard as one no woman should attempt. Th point i debatable; but ertainly neith r Mi s Trickey, r at ritain, who won, nor Inga entzel, weden, who was cond, showed undue sign of distress at oth nburg. At th start of the rac Mlle. I ruhmin, known a Latvia's la y Nurmi, rac d away in the 1 a , an h ld that po ition for th fir t two lap ( ictur 7 , 79 and o). he was follow d by th riti h worn n, Tri key and Harri , who w r well ont nt to find o willing a pa e-mak r. Th Lat ian, how– ever, had shot her olt oon after the half di tance w s r ach d, and, with p rhap f 1r hundre yard to run, Petter on, of w d n, made a gallant attempt to come through to the front, for the purpos of utting ut the pac f r h r compatri t, entz 1. Bellon, of 'ranee, was, however, in the lead and