Pirie's Mile Triumph 1953

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    White City, London.

    LV. Ex-champions touring track. SV. Wooderson, Joe Binks, Haag, Paavo Nurmi touring tracks. SV. Crowd at British Games. SV. Haag meeting Field Marshal the Earl Alexander. SV. Competitors lined up for start of 100 yards race. CU. Gun firing. SV. Pan, start of hundred yards. Joe Schatzel takes lead. SV. Towards finish. CU. Schatzel, the winner. SV. Crowd applauding. Angle shot, starter. SV. Towards and pan - start of one mile race, pan to back view. SV. Pan, German athlete Lawrenze leading from Christopher Chataway, Nankeville third and Gordon Pirie fourth. & LV. & SV. Pan, Lawrenze leading from Chataway, Nankeville third, Pirie fourth, pan with three Englishmen. SV. Pan, Pirie passing Lawrenze, Santee following Pirie. Pan, Pirie and Santee. LV. Pan, Santee takes lead from Pirie. Pan with Pirie matching Santee stride for stride. Pirie begins to overtake - into lead - passes post. CU. Pirie. SV. Crowd. SV. Viscount Harold Alexander, Conservative Defence Minister shaking hands with Pirie.

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    01:25:11:00 / 01:27:19:00
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  • Great film! Fun to see my Dad beat the European champion, the fine English sprinter Brian Shenton. But two things:
    1. The name is spelled S-C-H-A-T-Z-L-E
    2. That final time of "10-seconds flat" is impossible. Shenton was the EU furlong champion, and hardly a 10.5 man.

    Harold Abrahams stood at the dinner that night and introduced my Dad saying, "The Yank caught a flyer (in the 100). But he came back and proved his mettle winning the 220."

    As we can see, Joe Schatzle did NOT jump the gun. (The English sprinter in Lane 6 was off before anyone else.) The Starter of that race -- whose name escapes me at the moment -- wrote the text on Starting. He was the authority of the era on starting.
    My Dad once commented, "They punished me" -- giving him 10.0 for a time -- "because Harold thought I jumped the gun."

    10.0? More like 9.5!

    fastjoey 12th Sep 2014

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