Sport: Fastest American Mile

Wes Santee is a stringy 20-year-old who runs for the University of Kansas track team. A year ago his coach decided that Santee's best chance in the Olympics was at a distance: 5,000 meters, where the competition for places on the team was not so tough. Wes made the grade in the U.S. trials but was a flop in Finland, where his slow time failed even to qualify him for the final. Dogged Wes came home and decided to be a miler.

He did well in collegiate circles, setting a record for the mile, in 4:06.3, a fortnight ago. But there was...

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