Sport: East Africa's Army

When Tanzanian Miler Filbert Bayi first appeared in international meets three years ago, other runners viewed his style with disdain. Instead of pacing himself and saving a kick for the last quarter-mile, Bayi sprinted from the gun. His opponents, recalls Hurdler Tom Hill, "used to sit back at their old pace and say, 'Wow, this fool is going to drop dead on the third lap.' " Trouble was, Bayi never did. He began to make a habit of leaving astonished stars behind him. Last year at the Commonwealth Games in New Zealand, Bayi atomized Jim Ryun's seven-year-old 1,500-meter world record with...

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