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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 13, Issue 11 (January 1, 1939)

Matthews Not Competing this Season

Matthews Not Competing this Season.

Information that Cecil Matthews, New Zealand and Empire's best distance runner, has had to receive medical and surgical attention for a rupture will be received with dismay by those who were anticipating something even better from the young Canterbury athlete. However, Matthews had not intended making this season a big one; he was concentrating on the Olympic Games to be held at Helsinki, Finland, next year.

This set-back to Matthews, although unfortunate, has come at an opportune moment. Matthews will now be able to rest for the remainder of the track season and commence his training with a view to the Olympic meeting. It is a theory I have advanced on many occasions—that New Zealand should select its Olympic team a season in advance and relieve them of strenuous qualifying competition in the season of the Games, thus enabling them to train under an amended schedule—and with Matthews in compulsory retirement—and resting—he page 63 should be all the better for his enforced spell. World records may fall to this flying New Zealander.