Sport: Last Gasp?

"Incredible!" gasped U. S. track fans when Finn Paavo Nurmi ran two miles in 8 min., 58.2 sec. That was 16 years ago. Last week, in Madison Square Garden, barrel-chested, short-legged Gregory Rice, 25-year-old ex-Notre Damer, made mighty Nurmi's record look poky. Fitter-pattering around to the tune of Notre Dame's Victory March, Runner Rice whittled the two-mile world's record down to 8:53.4—nearly three seconds faster than the accepted world's record, indoors or out. "Incredible!" gasped U. S. track fans.


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