Track & Field: Puzzling Prodigy


For a shy teen-ager who goes to church twice on Sundays, doesn't smoke, drink or dance, addresses his elders as "sir" and "ma'am," and never even says "shucks" in the presence of ladies, Jim Ryun inspires an awful lot of antagonism. New Zealand's Peter Snell, who was then the world record holder for the mile, explained why on the eve of last summer's A.A.U. championships. Snarled Snell: "I resent having anybody that young in my kind of race." He resented it a good deal more next day, when Ryun won the A.A.U. mile, beating the New Zealander to...

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