Sport: Ralph the Rapscallion

As he lopes around the track, Ralph Doubell has the distracted look of a man talking to himself. And so he is. To ease the loneliness of a distance runner, the Australian ace provides his own moment-to-moment commentary and, when need be, his own cheering section. Late in the 800-meter finals of the 1968 Olympics, for instance, Doubell told Doubell: "You're going to win! You can feel it in your muscles!" Then, as he took the lead coming down the stretch, he shouted to himself: "You've won it! You've won it!" Doubell professes to care little for glory or...

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