Photograph of Jack Lovelock beating W R (Bill) Bonthron in a mile race, 21 Jul 1934
Reference Number: MSX-2251-027
A photograph from Jack Lovelock's albums showing Lovelock beating his great American rival, Bill Bonthron, at the Oxford and Cambridge vs Princeton and Cornell Universities meeting at the White City stadium, London, July 1934. In his journal entry accompanying the photograph Lovelock noted that his smile was `of self satisfaction and relief which the photographer unfortunately caught. Though it may look to be mockery and derision it was certainly not that'.Bonthron and Lovelock ran a number of famous races against each other during 1933-1935. In the first, in 1933, Lovelock won, breaking the world mile record. This race is the first of three in 1934, of which Lovelock won the first two and lost the last. Lovelock won again at Princeton, USA, in 1935, in a race widely advertised throughout Britain and the United States as the `mile of the century'.
Extent: 1 pagePhotograph 146mm x 198mm on page 260mm x 200mm, with mss annotations. Manuscript
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