Sport: Faster & Faster

"It would be silly to exhaust yourself in the heats," said Australia's Merv Lincoln after he loafed through a fast 4:07.9 mile to qualify for the National A.A.U. championships at Bakersfield, Calif. Aussie Herb Elliott felt the same way. But Herb Elliott, who at 20 shows every sign of becoming the greatest miler ever, seems constitutionally incapable of not cracking some sort of record every time he puts on his spikes. He breezed through his heat in 4:01.4, a new meet mark.

Next night, both men were really trying. But Elliott, who had spent more energy in the trials, also had...