Track & Field: All Aboard for Tokyo

Sometimes even the most sensible athlete seems to go a wee bit nutty. Take Ralph Boston: he figures the way to break the world's record in the broad jump is to hit himself on the head with a sponge.

All summer, Boston practiced with a sponge dangling from a crossbar, 9 ft. above the broad-jump pit. The idea was to aim for it with his head—on the theory that the higher he jumped the farther he would go—and last week he nearly jumped out of sight. In the final U.S. Olympic trials at Los Angeles, Boston bounded 27 ft. 101...

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