Track & Field: Running Philosopher


As Australia's most promising teen-age runner, Ron Clarke received the honor at 19 of carrying the Olympic torch into the Melbourne stadium for the start of the 1956 Olympics. The slim (6 ft. 168 lbs.) distance man did not himself catch fire until about a year ago.

Early this month at London's White City Stadium, Clarke became the first man to break the 13-min. barrier for the three-mile run. He covered one mile in 4 min. 15.4 sec., two miles in 8 min. 36.4 sec., flitted across the finish in 12 min. 52.4 sec., lowering...

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