Sport: Unconventional Champion

From the looks of him, New Zealand's burly Peter Snell would seem more at home blasting holes in a football line than competing against the whippet-thin men who run the mile. His shoulders are broad, his 16½-in. calves bulge with muscle, and at 171 lbs. he weighs fully 15 lbs. more than any of his competitors. Experts scoff at his size ("If he were lighter, he could run faster"), his racing tactics ("unscientific"), his graceless running style ("like a Sherman tank with overdrive"). But they all concede that, at 23, Peter Snell is the...

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