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 - The Diskos Not So Hot. THE diskos or discus is...
The Diskos Not So Hot. THE diskos or discus is one of the classic - events - of - the Greeks and it was part of the pentathlon event in the ancient Olympics. But one of the strange things about it is that Greeks don't seem to have mastered their specialty at all. They carved statues of discus throwers and the statues are rated tops in the world of sculpture. But when it came to casting the discus well, we hate to be mean about it, but the ancients just weren't there. Nor are the modern Greeks. At Berlin you'll see several of our boys fire that missile over 160 feet. Several have beaten that figure by five feet, in competition, recently. ' But it is a sad fact which Greek literature records that the mighty Phayllus we've mentioned him before could only heave the darned thing the equivalent of 95 feet. And they thought that was some cast! In this connection a very humorous incident occurred at the first Olympic revival held in Athens, in 1896. There were two events which the Greeks wanted to win the discus and the marathon. They thought Greek tradition entitled them to supremacy in both. Well, Spiridon Loues won the marathon all right; but the Greek discus thrower ran true to form and fliwered. Mr. Garrett Intervenes. THERE was a young husky from Princeton University named Robert Garrett. He was one of a team of 12 men that represented America and brought home the bacon, too. Garrett had entered the discus throw on a chance. Before arriving in Greece he had never even seen a discus and when he picked it up for competition in the games, he held one in his hands for the first time. He watched the Greeks cast for a while and finally, when he was called, tossed a sailer that didn't do so well -On his third toss, however, he heaved the di3CU3 and got a fine toss for him which eventually proved the winning cast. And what, if you please, do you suppose the distance was? liothing but 95 feet 7 inches, or almost exactly the winning cast about which that old boaster Phayllus talked, some 2500 years ago. To be perfectly fair, we don't

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  1. St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
  2. 11 Jul 1936, Sat,
  3. Page 11

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