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THE MODERN HEROES
Lincoln Barnett
November 19, 1956
The modern Olympics, like the old, have given rise to a legion of heroes, and a man reviewing their performances inclines to the feeling that the great Olympians, though they competed in different years, were part of a single contest, as shown in the composite painting on the opposite page. In the fast procession no hero stays long in front. Arnold Strode Jackson, surprise winner in 1912, is now in the ruck, and when the Olympic Games at Melbourne are done, such great ones as Jesse Owens and Emil Zatopek may be in second place.
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November 19, 1956

The Modern Heroes

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The modern Olympics, like the old, have given rise to a legion of heroes, and a man reviewing their performances inclines to the feeling that the great Olympians, though they competed in different years, were part of a single contest, as shown in the composite painting on the opposite page. In the fast procession no hero stays long in front. Arnold Strode Jackson, surprise winner in 1912, is now in the ruck, and when the Olympic Games at Melbourne are done, such great ones as Jesse Owens and Emil Zatopek may be in second place.

800 METER RUN

1920 ALBERT HILL GREAT BRITAIN 1:53.4
1936 JOHN WOODRUFF USA 1:52.9
1908 MELVIN SHEPPARD USA 1:52.8
1948 MALVIN WHITFIELD USA 1:49.2
1912 JAMES MEREDITH USA 1:51.9

200 METER DASH

1952 ANDY STANFIELD USA 20.7
1928 PERCY WILLIAMS CANADA 21.8
1936 JESSE OWENS USA 20.7
1932 EDDIE TOLAN USA 21.2

100 METER DASH

1920 CHARLES PADDOCK USA 10.8
1948 HARRISON DILLARD USA 10.3
1932 EDDIE TOLAN USA 10.3
1936 JESSE OWENS USA 10.3
1912 RALPH CRAIG USA 10.8
1928 PERCY WILLIAMS CANADA 10.8

110 METER HIGH HURDLES

1900 ALVIN KRAENZLEIN USA 15.4
1952 HARRISON DILLARD USA 13.7
1920 EARL THOMSON CANADA 14.8
1928 SIDNEY ATKINSON SOUTH AFRICA 14.8
1936 FORREST TOWNS USA 14.2

5,000 METER RUN

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