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Samuel Hawley is a writer of narrative nonfiction and fiction. 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.

PERCY WILLIAMS: 1930 EMPIRE GAMES NEWSREEL


Here is a preview-quality British Pathe newsreel of the 1930 Empire Games, held in Hamilton in August of that year. It's 1 minute and 13 seconds long, and silent. It begins with an unidentified preliminary heat in the 100-yard dash. Percy Williams doesn't appear to be in this one. There is then some footage beginning at 0:16 of Percy speaking to the press. This was shot presumably after he had won one of his preliminary heats; after winning the final he was immediately carried off the field, his leg badly injured. The newsreel ends with footage of the immensely popular British aristocrat-athlete David Lord Burghley.

Click here to watch the newsreel.


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