Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Cerutty's Athleticism: Walkin' the Talk

Cerutty said this regarding coaches--"Those who can't do, can't teach."
So what could Percy Wells Cerutty do?
Cerutty returned to competition in 1943, 24 years after his last race.The following is a list of 'best times' Cerutty ran when he was 50 years of age and over.  His last 'official' race was in 1950.

1 mile--4:54---2 miles---10:20---3 miles---16:57---4 miles---24:04---5 miles---28:45--

10 miles---61:05---20 miles---2:07:59---30 miles---3:34:00---50 miles---7:00:15---
60 miles- 8:28:50-100 miles---23:45:00---Marathon---2:58:11.

In 1957 at the age of 62 in an exhibition he ran the Mile in 5:32:05. At 68 he could run a mile in less than 6 minutes.

The following is from Middle Distance Running--Appendix xi--
"In his late 60's, the Author 'curls' over 100lb at a bodyweight of 130lbs. Dead-lifts over 230lbs, and is capable of 100 sit-ups and 50 Prone-presses as routine."

For many years Cerutty continued to train hard with his athletes from his International Training Center at Portsea in Australia.

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