Track & Field: Why They Lost

TRACK & FIELD

"It's no fun being the coach of the only team that ever lost to the Russians," groused U.S. Track Coach Brutus Hamilton. He was bemoaning the fact that the U.S. men's team, which has whipped the Soviets in dual track meets for six years in a row, was tipped over by the Russians, in Kiev last week. 118-112.

Post-meet analysis naturally produced a variety of explanations for the poor showing. Many American coaches criticized the Amateur Athletic Union for allowing members of the U.S. team to compete in track meets...

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