I Just Ran

I Just Ran

Percy Williams, the World's Fastest Human

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At the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics an unknown Vancouver runner named Percy Williams shocked the sports world by capturing the 100- and 200-metre gold medals. Some said the feat was a fluke. It wasnt. In 1929 Percy silenced naysayers by sweeping the US indoor track circuit, then he went on to set a world record in the 100 metres that would stand until the advent of Jesse Owens. And in between he waged a speed duel with the fleetest men on the planet, a battle for track supremacy and the title Worlds Fastest Human. I Just Ran, based on extensive research that included access to Percys private letters, diary and scrapbooks, is the first full-length account of this sports legend, one of the most famous Canadians of his day but now largely forgotten. It begins as the Cinderella story of a youth who conquers a sport dominated by American sprinters. Then it gets grittier, for success and fame had a dark side. I Just Ran follows Percy and his janitor-coach Bob Granger as they journey through the world of elite running in the 1920s and 30s —a world that was not always pretty beneath the veneer of amateurism.



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At the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics an unknown Vancouver runner named Percy Williams shocked the sports world by capturing the 100- and 200-metre gold medals. Some said the feat was a fluke. It wasn't. In 1929 Percy silenced naysayers by sweeping the US indoor track circuit, then he went on to set a world record in the 100 metres that would stand until the advent of Jesse Owens. And in between he waged a speed duel with the fleetest men on the planet, a battle for track supremacy and the title World's Fastest Human.Ó I Just Ran, based on extensive research that included access to Percy's private letters, diary and scrapbooks, is the first full-length account of this sports legend, one of the most famous Canadians of his day but now largely forgotten. It begins as the Cinderella story of a youth who conquers a sport dominated by American sprinters. Then it gets grittier, for success and fame had a dark side. I Just Ran follows Percy and his janitor-coach Bob Granger as they journey through the world of elite running in the 1920s and '30s --a world that was not always pretty beneath the veneer of amateurism.

Publisher: Vancouver : Ronsdale Press, 2011
ISBN: 9781553801269
1553801261
Branch Call Number: 796.422 HAW
Characteristics: 331 p., [20] p. of plates :,ill., ports. ;,23 cm.

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