Track & Field: All Alone & Kinda Slow

The athletes who run the dashes have it pretty easy. All they have to do is blast out of the blocks, boom along full-bore for 100, 200, 400 meters. Once in a while, someone breaks a record. But a record mile takes a curious kind of teamwork: two or three evenly matched runners harrying and extending each other until finally, in that last agonizing sprint to the tape, one man finds some unknown reserve of energy and will power. Poor Peter Snell. At 25, the burly New Zealander is so much better than anyone else that he may never...

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