Sport: Steamed Out

Just before his fleet-footed protege, Herb Elliott, 20, stepped to the starting line for the mile run at California's Compton track meet last week, Aussie Coach Percy Cerutty bobbled his grey goatee with an expansive boast: "We will set too fast a pace for him and steam him out."

Despite Cerutty's floating pronouns, everyone within earshot understood. He was talking about Villanova's Ron Delany, the frail, pale Irishman who, never running faster than he has to, has been almost unbeatable ever since he won the 1,500 meters in record time at the 1956 Olympics....

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