Sport: Fjader in Malm

Sport stars usually fall faster than they rise, and Gunder (''The Wunder") Hägg fell with a thud on last winter's U.S. tour. One slow time win in five tries was the best he could do, after training on hard surfaces had pounded the spring from his legs. When deflated Gunder got home, he went to Valadalen in northern Sweden, where he had trained in the palmy days of his 4:04.6 and 4:06.2 miles. Over trails quilted with moss and pine needles, he slowly coaxed the fjader (spring) back into his legs.

Last week, on his home track at Malmö, the gangling Swede...