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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 14, Issue 2 (May 1, 1939)

A Promising Runner

A Promising Runner.

Cash athletics—I never use the term “professionals” when referring to New Zealand atheletes who compete for cash—occasionally produces an outstanding competitor. One such is J. Gilmore, a young farmer, who won the Federation Handicap, of one mile, at the Stawell (Victoria) Easter sports. Gilmore, from 40yds., ran the distance in 4min. 8 4/5sec., completely demoralising a strong field. Gilmore does not secure much competition, but on the face of it he would appear to be a better miler than V. P. Boot. Boot, although acclaimed by many as a great miler, does not, in my opinion, reach the same heights over 1,760 yards as he does in the half-mile. An attempt is to be made to stage a big cash athletics and cycling meeting during the Centennial, and New Zealand could invite the world's best milers with the knowledge that Gilmore is capable of extending all-comers.