Sport: Citius, Alfius, Fortius

Time after time last week, the Royal Australian Air Force band blared The Star-Spangled Banner to signal a U.S. victory in the 1956 Olympic Games—so often that wags in Melbourne's Stadium suggested a switch to The Stars and Stripes Forever. Still, competition on the field added up to something less than a violation of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act. Though the Russians fared worse than expected in the major track and field events (they good-naturedly gave Americans and others some of the two dozen victory cakes they had ordered on arrival), they scored points...

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