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Seneca Indian and American champion runner Deerfoot makes an impressive debut on his tour of Britain

Louis "Deerfoot" Bennett, Seneca Indian runner, detail
09/09/1861
The American champion Seneca Indian Louis Bennett, who ran under the name "Deerfoot," competed against 20-year old English star athlete Edward Mills in the first race of his year stay in Britain.  Running over 41 laps at the Hackney Wick track in London, neither runner came into the race in top condition and Mills won by around thirty feet. Deerfoot's effort, nevertheless, along with his six foot frame - big for a runner - and costume of bare chest, an eagle feather, bead jewelry, and moccasins ensured his future popularity in England.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Edward S. Sears, Running Through The Ages (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 2001), 133. 

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