Track & Field: A Jug of Wine, and Pow!

TRACK & FIELD

He smokes cigarettes, downs his full share of red wine, and readily admits that he often stuffs himself on sauerkraut. He plays soccer for kicks and seldom exerts himself in training. He has no coach. "My principle," explains French Distance Runner Michel Jazy, 29, "is to do nothing contrary to the body. An athlete in shape is like a pregnant woman. One may indulge one's tastes and be sure not to overdo."

Mais oui! Last week, before 3,000 wildly cheering countrymen at Rennes, he breezed through the mile in an astonishing 3 min. 53.6 sec., chopping a full .5...