Sport: Miracle Mile

"Did you hear? Ron Delany ran the mile in 3:57.5."

"You don't say."

"Yes—he finished third."

—Conversation in a Dublin bar

Last week all Dublin was talking of the most incredible mile race ever run, and of the lanky, 20-year-old Australian who won it. There was no longer any doubt that Herb Elliott was the greatest miler of all time.

The night was cool and windless as the runners lined up in Dublin's new Santry Stadium. Besides Elliott and Ireland's Hero Delany, the field included New Zealand Schoolteacher Murray Halberg, two other Australians: Merv Lincoln and Albert Thomas, a stubby little (5 ft....

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