Sport: The Airfoam Ride

For a man who had twice this season broken the world's record in the 200-yd. breast stroke, Princeton's lanky (6 ft. 4 in., 165 lbs.) Bob Brawner was strangely nervous as he stepped up to the edge of the Ohio State pool at Columbus one night last week. Only the week before, he had licked La Salle's stocky Olympic champion, Joe Verdeur. But this time 20-year-old Bob Brawner was up against the champ again in the national collegiate championships, where Joe Verdeur had taken the title two years running.

A slice of a second later at the gun, Brawner found himself a...

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