sent me the picture just below with these words.
George: Did I ever send you this amazing photo? Who? Where? When? I know; can you deduce? John
Jerry wrote back:
John Cobley has translated from Ladoumegue's biography Dans Ma Foulee
"In 1935, Ladoumègue ran what he called “the most beautiful race of my life.” (DMF, p. 173) The newspaper Paris-Soir arranged for him to make a ceremonial run down the Champs Elysee. “The citizens of Paris were invited to come and demonstrate against the bias of the [athletic] Federation and to show sympathy for my situation,” he wrote. (173) According to Ladoumègue there were 300,000 people lining the famous avenue; later reports all say there were 400,000. Ladoumègue himself found it a frightening experience as people swarmed around him and wanted to touch him."
Jerry then replied.
- Silver Medal in 1500 in 1928 Amsterdam Olympics.
- 1930 - World record 1500 in 3:39.15 (1st to break in 1500) + WR 1,000M in 2:23.06.
- World Record mile in 1931 in 4:09.2 + 2K WR in 5:21.8
- The film: The French Sports Federation banned him for life for accepting payments for racing & the run was set in 1933 to honor him on a running tour through Paris. He was the only runner with a massive crowd lining & following the run.
|Jerry and some of his young athletes|
|Jerry leading a mile race in Morocco|
|Jerry at the line, with Jose behind the flag|
encouraging their friend Medhi Jaouhar who would
go to U. of Houston and then to Canada.
|George, John Cobley, and Geoff Williams in Vicotoria, BC|