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Literary Nonfiction. Biography. Canadian History. Sports. At the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics an unknown Vancouver runner named Percy Williams shocked the sports world by capturing the 100- and 200-meter gold medals. Some said the feat was a fluke. It wasn't. In 1929 Percy silenced naysayers by sweeping the US indoor track circuit, then he went on to set a world record in the 1Literary Nonfiction. Biography. Canadian History. Sports. At the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics an unknown Vancouver runner named Percy Williams shocked the sports world by capturing the 100- and 200-meter gold medals. Some said the feat was a fluke. It wasn't. In 1929 Percy silenced naysayers by sweeping the US indoor track circuit, then he went on to set a world record in the 100 meters that would stand until the arrival of Jesse Owens. And in between he waged a speed duel with the fleetest men on the planet, a battle for track supremacy and the title "World's Fastest Human." Based on extensive research that included access to Percy's private letters, diary and scrapbooks, I JUST RAN is the first full-length account of this sports legend, one of the most famous Canadians of his day but now largely forgotten. It begins as the Cinderella story of a youth who conquers a sport dominated by American sprinters. Then it gets grittier, for success and fame had a dark side. I Just Ran follows Percy and his janitor-coach Bob Granger as they journey through the world of elite running in the 1920s and 30s--a world that was not always pretty beneath the veneer of amateurism....

Title : I Just Ran: Percy Williams, World's Fastest Human
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ISBN : 9781553801269
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 331 Pages
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  • Michel B.
    2019-05-06 04:19

    This review is from a runner and a Canadian (not that I'm all that patriotic, actually). I rated it 5 stars because the story is just that good. The book is well written and flows well. It's descriptive enough to provide the level of detail that even a runner craves without overdoing it and boring a non-runner. Comes across as being quite unbiased. Excellent story, well told.