Sport: Athletic Ambassador

Among cold-war diplomats, the tall, loose-jointed young man was a refreshing rarity. He moved too fast (100,000 miles in five months) ever to get involved with striped-trouser protocol. Wherever he went, U.S. Olympic Champion Malvin Whitfield took off his pants and got right to work.

For Whitfield, 30, work meant running and making friends for the U.S. From Iceland to the heart of the Congo, the limber-legged Negro demonstrated the smooth style and strenuous training techniques that have won him two Olympic gold medals (at 800 meters in 1948 and 1952) and helped...

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