Track & Field: Outrunning the Rabbits


It had been a long, hard, frustrating year for Jim Ryun. The lanky, 19-year-old University of Kansas sophomore had faithfully logged his usual 120 miles a week in practice and competed in 30 meets from New York to California. He set U.S. records for 800 meters and two miles, ran the fastest half mile (1 min. 44.9 sec.) in history. But he failed by one-tenth of a second to tie Michel Jazy's world record for the mile. That mile mark was Jim's real goal—no American had held it in 29 years—but now it would have to wait. Ryun was...

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