Marlene gains world time in 100 yards

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At the third try the subject bought absent, with Miss out on Cuthbert and Overlook Hayes a little bit in entrance of Marlene Mathews.

Overlook Mathews pulled up and overtook the pair around the halfway mark and went on extending her direct.

Betty Cuthbert built no perception on her in the closing 25 yards and it looked as though she could be beaten by Miss out on Hayes.

Australian athlete Marlene Mathews, celebrates her record with colleagues at the Bear Tape company on March 21, 1958.

Australian athlete Marlene Mathews, celebrates her file with colleagues at the Bear Tape enterprise on March 21, 1958.Credit rating:Laurie Shea

There appeared minor doubt at the finish that a world document experienced been broken, but the group even now waited in circumstance wind support experienced been dominated.

When it was announced that Pass up Mathews experienced damaged the record there was a fantastic roar which would have performed credit to a group five situations as massive as the paltry selection that viewed this typical race.


There would not have been a single on the ground—and I involve Pass up Cuthbert—who would begrudge Marlene Mathews her good results.

In excess of the several years due to the fact 1950 she has been a persistent trier and has typically endured disappointments, first by unfortunate wind guidance in some of her excellent operates and then yet again through leg muscle harm.

“A kiss for Barry before Marlene leave for training.” April 10, 1958.

“A kiss for Barry prior to Marlene leave for training.” April 10, 1958.Credit:Personnel photographer

She represented at the Vancouver Empire Online games and the New Zealand Centenary Game titles as perfectly as at Melbourne in the Olympics.

After the race she stated: “I know now how Betty felt soon after she received her gold medal at the Olympic Game titles.

“This is the very first time I have held a globe history and the Australian dash title.”


Pass up Mathews, who in private life is Mrs Barry Willard, said: “Married daily life appears to be to have got rid of all my nervous strategy to jogging.

“I come to feel, far too, that I have been aided by slimming down three or four lbs because the Olympic Online games.

“Also, for the 1st time, I felt I could occur out and get in touch with it just a further race, and I have Wendy Hayes to thank for drawing me out over the early part of the function.”

In past years Miss Mathews has been at periods a tense and nervy runner, although she won the Condition 100 yards just about every 12 months from 1954, when Marjorie Jackson retired, until this calendar year when overwhelmed by Miss Cuthbert.

“I will be truly trying for the double and a acquire in the 220 yards on Saturday,” she claimed.

There need to have been a specific coronary heart-burning for Betty Cuthbert, even though she said immediately after that she experienced no excuses.

This Australian 100 yards sprint is a title that has eluded her.

The women’s championships are held every single two several years, and the past time, in Brisbane, she gained the 220 yards, but failed on a boggy monitor in the 100 yards.

Skip Mathews’ acquire gave her coach, Bill Harrison, a fantastic double within four times.


Past Monday night time his demand, Terry Gale, shocked with a men’s 220 yards nationwide sprint acquire around young Gary Bromhead, at Brisbane.

He forecast that Marlene Mathews would get a double for him since she had run 10.3s in a handicap a 7 days back.