Sport: Glory Night at Feelgood Stadium

An easygoing hero runs the right race at the right place

Steve Cram, a slender and mellow police constable's son from the sooty British town of Jarrow on the Tyne, is one of those extraordinary competitors who seem to know just what they can do in the course of a given race. And then, in an elegant, almost preordained fashion, he simply goes out and does it. In the weeks before this summer's highly touted Dream Mile at Bislett Stadium in Oslo, Cram, 24, was clearly on a roll. On July 16 in Nice, France, he had smashed the world 1,500-meter mark by 1.10 sec. with a beautifully structured performance in 3:29.67....

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