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The Runner who Wept
By, RON CARTER
24 November 1955
Len Decker cried himself to sleep the night he was warned off for five years by professional running stewards at Maribyrnong three weeks ago, a trainer said yesterday.
Ray Bolam, who trained Decker last season, told this to a Victorian Athletic League council meeting.
"Decker is a good, boy, but he overrated himself as a sprinter," Bolam said.
"When I was his trainer, I told him he would be lucky to win a gift."
Decker was warned off all professional running courses after stewards found nearly half a pound of lead sewn into each of his running spikes.
Bolam was called before the V.A.L. meeting to answer allegations that he was Decker's trainer at the time of his disqualification. Bolam denied the allegations, and signed a sworn declaration that he was not Decker's trainer this season.
Although Bolam admitted he drove Decker to the track, he said he knew nothing of the lead in the spikes.
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