Sport: Beyond the Flag

Sim Iness of the University of Southern California is an amiable young fellow of awesome proportions: 6 ft. 6 in., 250 lbs. Standing in the discus circle at the N.C.A.A. championships last week, Iness prepared for his final toss. Some 15,000 pairs of eyes were on him as he mopped his brow, pursed his lips, frowned, crouched, then went into his spin.

Downfield, 186 ft. 11 in. away, a little red flag fluttered beckoningly. It marked the world record.

For more than a year, in the Olympics and in U.S. competition, Sim Iness had come tantalizingly close to the record. This time he...

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