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MIDNIGlJt EMPRESS RUNS
.For the ¡first time. for .many, years the important professional running matches were,,witnessed in Sydney to night, The,appearance of the former Olympic champion,, Eddie "Tolan, the British Empire, professional cham- pion, Billie, McFarlane of Scotland, and the .Australian professional cham- pion, Austin Robertson, attracted a crowd of over 3,000. , '
, Heavy dew, militated against record breaking times. Tolan attempted to break all known records for 80 yards, but could only run it in 8 1-8 seconds, being a yard and a quarter outside
evens. The world record is 7" sec- onds. , ...
Austin Robertson .broke down, in the ra,ce against McFarlane for the 100,yards British Empire champion- ship. The runners were level.at about 80 .yards, but as McFarlane com- menced to forge ahead, .Robertson pulled.up and gave the Scotchman'a very easy win in 10¿ seconds. It was later announced that Robertson had
pulled a lçg rnuscle, which he hurt in
Victoria last week.
,, Robertson subsequently withdrew from, the 120 yards British Empire championship . against McFarlane. Tolan was-still to attempt to break all known records for 100 metres, and it was decided to allow McFarlane to tun against him. The American in- timated that he would concede the Scotchman two yards, but the latter refused to accept the start, and they raced off scratch. It was' an exciting encounter. The American was very fast,off thermarkvand quickly estab- lished a slight lead,1 and at about 50
I yards was about^ a foot ahead of liis
opponent. McFariáne challenged him and from 80 tyards on the, runners ap- peared to be locked , together,, until they,breasted,.the,tapeM The atmos- phere was teiise .until the judges de- da! ed for Tolan by six inches. j
The, time of 10 11-16 was an Aus- tralian Record, beating the. .previous record of(10 4-5. ,It also.established ¿world record for professionals for that distance, but waç considerably slower than the amateur record,
McJTarlane's run was particularly brilliant in view of the fact that be has yet tp .become accustomed to the climate and has been worried by the
heat, ii . ,i
, British Empire ^.00 Yaçds Cham- pionship: Billie McFarlane (Scot- land), 1; Austin _Robertson (Aus- tralia), 2. Won easily. Time, 10\.
100 Metres special match race: Eddie^ Tolan .(U.S.A.), 1; Billie Mc- Farlane (Scotland), 2. Won by six inches. Time 10 il-16.
The Sydney dift loo Yards Handi-
cap (final): E. Green (IO1; yds) i; E.| McÑamara (9¿ yds), 2;t rL. ' Harley (11] yds), 3. Won by three feet.1 Time, 9 5-Í6. x , ,
Tolán was defeated' in the fifth'heat of this event, while McFarlane'won á heat from 2i yards'in 9 12-10¡ but was beäteft in the semi-Mal, ' ¿ >