O'Brien is so fast in the shot-put circle that you can't really see what he is doing. One day I was watching him trying to figure out the plane his head passed through during the various steps of his throw. It was impossible to figure it out, so fast is he. If you watch him throw with someone else, it is like watching a sprinter and a marathon runner come down the track. O'Brien's speed, size and strength, but mostly his speed, make him the greatest shot-putter ever known. Compare him with the fat weightmen of yesteryear on page 65 (YESTERDAY) of the same issue.
THE RECORD STANDS
Mr. Bentley states in his March 28 column that he ran out of gas four miles from the pits, and then decided to run the four miles after he had pushed the car "less than 400 feet." He states it took him 15 minutes to run the four miles. This beats Bannister's record, doesn't it? Or could Mr. Bentley be slightly mixed up?
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North Hollywood, Calif.
?Bannister, Landy, Santee and all the other great runners are quite safe. Bentley did not say that he ran the four miles to the pits. His Abarth ran out of gas four miles from the pits on the actual race course (see X on chart), but Bentley cut across the infield on foot to the pits, a distance of about one mile. To get to the pit with his car he would have had to push it on course from point of breakdown—without any short cuts.—ED.
Have read with a great deal of interest all your articles in SI on horse racing....
In 1951 I had the good fortune to be in Munich, Germany and I came to be quite interested in racing as it is staged in Germany.
There are two race tracks in Munich—Riem and Daglfing. Racing is held on Saturday and Sunday and takes place about 40 weeks out of the year. The two tracks alternate each day of the weekend. Riem is the smaller of the two tracks. It presents a mixed program of flat racing, steeple-chasing and harness racing. Daglfing offers only harness racing.
The German system of wagering is quite different from ours. In place of our win, place and show they have only SIEG (win) and PLATZ (place). However, since the fields are generally from 12 to 25 horses, it is possible to collect a PLATZ bet should your horse run as far down as sixth. There is also a separate pool called an EINSZWEI, in which you may collect on a horse that either wins or runs second. The last type bet they have is called an EINLAUF and is exactly the same as our quiniela betting. This type of betting is by far the most popular among the Germans since it offers high pay-offs for a small investment.
An interesting aspect of the German system of betting is that even though betting is done through windows as in our parimutuel system, there is no guarantee by the track that you receive a profit from your bet. I have seen several instances where a heavy favorite would win and return only the amount bet....
All races in Germany are generally of smaller stature than in the U.S., yet they are run for distances of two miles or more and carry weights of 140 to 150 pounds with no apparent difficulty. All German jockeys are stretch riders and they purposely stay off the pace early in order to come charging down the stretch, whipping and shouting like Custer's Cavalry.