Sport: We're Ready

The rigors of the trials were over, the showdown at Rome was still a fortnight away, but the U.S. Olympic men's track and field team was in no relaxing mood. The big idea at the final tune-up meet at California's Mount San Antonio Col lege, explained Hammer Thrower Hal Connolly, was "to go over there to Rome with something to scare 'em with." The scare was there: in one evening the U.S. stars broke four world records and tied two more.

The evening was still young when Connolly himself let loose a heave that sent the hammer thudding to earth 230 ft....

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