Sport: A Runner's Lonely Decision

When Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in January urged Britain's athletes to boycott the Olympics, many of her countrymen found themselves torn between an urge to protest the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and their desire to see Sebastian Coe bring home some gold. Coe, 23, is the world record holder at 800, 1,000 and 1,500 meters, and held the mile record as well until only two weeks ago. So intense was the public and press curiosity about whether he would join the majority of the 67-member British team in forgoing the trip to Moscow that...

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