Sport: The Word from Home

Not since 1946 had Russian track & field stars appeared in international competition west of the Iron Curtain. After the Oslo games that year, where they won six events, the Russians withdrew from the 1948 Olympics. Last week, with an eye on the Helsinki Olympics in 1952, the Russians sent a planeload of 40 athletes to Brussels for the 23-nation European track & field championships. In action, they looked pretty good.

They even looked good when their 400-meter relay team came in a close second to the British in a qualifying heat. Then they...