Sport: First, Second and 675th For America

Though it is held on Patriots' Day, the Boston Marathon had been in danger of becoming downright unAmerican. Only one U.S. runner—Ambrose Burfoot in 1968—won the race between 1958 and 1972. In recent years, though, the American passion for jogging has aroused new interest and new hopes for a U.S. victory in the 26-mile 385-yd. race. That was evident when a record field of 1,398 turned out last week for the 77th running of the marathon. While the U.S. had such serious contenders as Olympian Jon Anderson and College Star Tom Fleming, most of...

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