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A funeral service for former prominent Cowra businessman Edward Finn (Ted) McGlynn will be held in Cowra today.

McGlynn who ran a menswear store, Esquire Mercers, in Cowra for many years was also an outstanding sportsman.

He was a member of the Australian 4 x 100 metre relay team at the 1954 Melbourne Olympic Games and was also a NSW 100 yards titleholder.

Mr McGlynn’s funeral service will be held at St Raphael’s Catholic Church at 11am today.

According to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald in 1953 Ted McGlynn used: “an unusual "smiling" technique in his great 100 yards win at the State athletic championships at Moore Park” that year.

“McGlynn, like C. B. Holmes, England's brilliant Empire Games champion sprinter, smiled from start to finish of his event to win ' his first major title in 9.6s,” the SMH reported.

“His run was equal to the Australian record but referee Bill Ahern ruled that the gusty three-quarter tailwind had been too strong for the time to be recognised.

“McGlynn won the race by about a foot from Bill Job with Kevin Reede, another foot away, third.

“Olympic finalist John Treloar was a close fourth, finishing within four feet of the winner.

“This was (he first time, Treloar had been worse than second in any Australian race in which he has finished. It was also Treloar's last appear- ance in a State 100 yards event.

“Some veteran athletic officials describe the race as the best they had seen since Jimmy Carlton's day.

“McGlynn is an unorthodox runner with an ungainly arm action. But he is fast from the blocks and has a good spuit at the finish,” the report went on to say.

Treloar was sixth in the Helsinki Olympic 100 metres final.