Why didn't Kiptanui set any records at the Barcelona Olympics? He wasn't there. Hobbled by tendinitis in both knees, he finished fourth in the steeplechase at Kenya's Olympic trials in June. Though Kenyan officials offered him a berth on the team anyway, Kiptanui declined because he did not want to bump William Mutwol—who is his elder in the Marakwet tribe—from the team. So Mutwol went to Barcelona, where he got the bronze medal, behind two other Kenyans, and Kiptanui went to London to train. "I decided I would try for records instead," says Kiptanui.
He has succeeded.
In this issue, for the 29th year in a row, we pick the college football team that our staff thinks will win the national championship. This year our choice is Miami. The teams that SI has predicted will finish first have done so four times. However, the teams picked No. 2 have wound up No. 1 five times. Take heart, Penn State.