Sprintic Magazine

Subscribe to the Sprintic Magazine Newsletter and receive track and field news, articles, training descriptions, photo and video sections updates. We have 1800+ subscribers already!

Percy Williams

Canadian athlete Percy Williams was born on May 19, 1908. At the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam, he won gold medals in the 100- and 200-meter dashes.

Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Williams surprised many - himself the most - when he won the Canadian trials and was sent out to the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam at age 20. To his surprise, he found out that he could easily advance to the final of the 100 m. event. A good start in the final gave Williams the early advantage to win the race. He repeated his performance in the 200 m. to come home with two gold medals - cheered by thousands of enthusiastic Canadians. He showed that his success was not an accident, winning the 100 yard dash at the British Empire Games and setting a World Record in 1930. South of the border, the Americans were not happy. They didn't like being beaten by an unknown Canadian and they were determined to show it was a fluke. The Americans arranged a series of indoor track meets and invited Williams. If the Americans were surprised in Amsterdam, they must have been dazed when Williams won 19 of 21 races in the series. There was no doubt, Williams was the best sprinter in the world.

A pulled thigh muscle stopped his successes for a while, and he never made a full comeback. At the 1932 Summer Olympics, he was eliminated in the quarter-finals. Subsequently, Williams stopped running and became an insurance agent.

Bookmark and share this article:





Complete Speed Training

The FIRST and ONLY All-Inclusive, Step by Step, Speed Development Program to Show You Exactly How to Make Your Athletes Faster and More a Athletic Than the Competition!

DVD #1: Pre Competition
DVD #2: Agility Training
DVD #3: Hardcore Conditioning
DVD #4: High Powered Training
DVD #5: Pure Speed Training

- Quick and easy methods for getting more done in less time so you can focus on the skills specific to your sport.

- Easy to understand and apply strategies for speed development.

- Clear progressions that can be used for beginner and advanced athletes at the same practice.

- Drills and exercises on video so you can see exactly how to perform and teach drills properly.

- Specific instructions detailing how, where and when to use each movement without having “to earn a degree in exercise science or biomechanics”

- Proven sample workouts and programs you can instantly bring to practice – the same day your program arrives

Order Now