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Snell’s Tortured Race to a Record Mile

November 30, 1964

Although he was, in his own words, 'desperate and struggling,' New Zealand's three-gold-medal Olympian beat his own mark and completely routed the world's second and third best Milers

By Sports Illustrated

"The first half Mile was, I felt, too fast," said Peter Snell, "but I was carried along...

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A Kansas Boy with a Man-Size Task

September 14, 1964

This week in Los Angeles, 135 athletes will be competing for 60 positions on the U.S. Olympic track & field team. Some of them—such as Dyrol Burleson, Bob Schul and Henry Carr—have already clinched a spot on the team, provided they are still in good shape, by virtue of their victories in the...

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Running Is Such Sweet Torture

June 22, 1964

Loyola's Tom O'Hara can clock a Mile in less than 4 minutes, and for hours without a halt. Hardly anybody is able to catch up with him—until he stops. Then his rampaging doubts do.

By John Underwood, Sports Illustrated

A Mile runner does not run a Mile, he bombards it with logic. He plots it,...

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Now, if Tom O’Hara really tries…

March 16, 1964

In Chicago last week Tom O'Hara bettered his own indoor Mile world record with a stirring run

By Tom C. Brody, Sports Illustrated

Tom O'Hara is a shy, unassuming fellow whose most outrageous boast is a claim that he weighs 131 pounds. He has broken the world record for the indoor Mile twice...

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