Sport: Track Snaps Back

U.S. indoor track was warming up for its first postwar season. A lot of G.I. legs had been reconverted from close-order drill; the inevitable foreign threat was present. To the 4:06.4 indoor mile record there was no immediate threat. The most likely to break it: fleet-footed, but still slightly rusty Les MacMitchell.

After three and a half years in the Navy and one tune-up race, MacMitchell last week picked the Metropolitan A.A.U. 1,000-yard run for his championship debut —and showed that he had momentarily forgotten all he knew about foot racing. He got off to a poor start, tried to make up...

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