Sport: Competition for Fun

For the first time since 1937, the combined Oxford-Cambridge track team was on a mission to the U.S. The purpose: to flex muscles, see the sights, win a few races. Explained one Oxford high-hurdler: "We try to be as casual as possible. With us, track is for relaxation and recreation." Britain's easygoing invaders carried informality so far that their only "coach" was a slender, 20-year-old Oxford medical student, Roger Bannister, who was also the squad's captain and star miler.

Well Run. In Princeton last week against a combined Princeton-Cornell team, Britain's Bannister demonstrated...

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