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Samuel Hawley is a writer. His books are highly eclectic. He has written about 16th-century East Asian history, 19th-century Korean-American relations, Olympic sprinting and land speed racing and a circus elephant named Topsy who was electrocuted in 1903. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.


RUNNING LINKS

1928 Olympics Results

1932 Olympics Results

Olympic Reports, 1896-present

100 Meter Zone

100m Record Since 1912

FrankWykoff.com

Eddie Tolan

JesseOwens.com


PERCY WILLIAMS (HOME)



In doing research for I Just Ran: Percy Williams, World's Fastest Human, I collected far more material than could be included in a single volume. This is one of the realities of writing a book: that a mass of interesting things that took considerable effort to collect have to be figuratively left on the cutting room floor. Rather than leave this material mouldering in a box in my basement, I've decided to post some of it here, organized in chronological order. There are photos, letters, newspaper clippings, diary entries, cables--all sorts of things relating to Percy's life. I hope you find them as fascinating as I do.

Much of this material is from the Percy Williams Collection at the BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in Vancouver. I owe the Hall and in particular curator Jason Beck a special debt of thanks for granting me access to its valuable collection.



Childhood


High School


Road to the Olympics


1928 Canadian Olympic Trials Newsreel


Percy Williams I Just Ran Samuel Hawley


1928 Amsterdam Olympics (Part 1)


Percy's Letters, July-August 1928


1928 Amsterdam Olympics (Part 2)


1929 Indoor Tour


World's Fastest Human


I Just Ran Percy Williams


1930 Empire Games Newsreel



Interview with Percy Williams, June 1931


From Empire Games to LA Olympics


Later Life and Today


Eddie Tolan's Hard Times


"In Praise of Percy Williams"


A Little Footnote


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