Kenny Moore's story on Filbert Bayi and John Walker (Appointment at a Starting Line, June 14) not only showed the contrasting life-styles of the two runners, but also the strenuous physical training and mental stress that go into Olympic preparation. Much attention is focused on the 1,500 meters. Let's hope the Bayi-Walker race is more exciting than the Kip Keino- Jim Ryun contest in 1968. It may be long before we see such milers in the Olympic Games again.
HENRI C.I. SALAUN
In my opinion, what Filbert Bayi and John Walker will be fighting for in Montreal is the silver medal. The gold will go to Villanova's Eamonn Coghlan, who will be running for Ireland.
Garrett Hill, Pa.
HARES AND HOUNDS
I was horrified to discover when my magazine arrived that coursing hounds is still a "sport," but the treatment of coursing in Clive Gammon's article ('Gerraway, Li'l Daisy!', June 7) was even more horrifying. It seems to me that Gammon underplayed the inhumane aspect of coursing and even chose to glamorize it. He claims not many hares were killed, but possibly he should have described what a kill comprises. The animal does not die instantly or painlessly.
To find out that coursing is a betting sport in the modern world makes me wonder how civilized the world really is. Gammon states that only one in 10 hares is killed, but he neglects to mention that the other nine are subjected to the torture of running for their lives. Coursing is in the same class as bullfighting, dogfighting and cockfighting, "sports" that should be outlawed.