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Above And Beyond The Call Of Duty
Kenny Moore
August 29, 1983
Battered and bruised, Henry Marsh still set a U.S. steeplechase record
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August 29, 1983

Above And Beyond The Call Of Duty

Battered and bruised, Henry Marsh still set a U.S. steeplechase record

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"Gee," said Marsh. "I missed it."

"I get done with my throw, I'm happy, I'm dancing," said Petranoff, "and I look over at that great bleeping race, and now I think I'll remember that longer than what I did."

Maminski, too, appeared before Marsh. "Hey," said Marsh, "I thought you said you were tired."

Maminski averted his eyes in the shyest of gestures. Later he would say, "Maybe I can run 8:10. Maybe that wouldn't be enough."

Viewing all this were Howard and Virginia Marsh, Henry's parents. They had never seen him run in Europe. But it was Virginia who surely came closest to explaining this astonishing performance. "We've gotten the feeling before that Henry only lets out what is necessary to win," she said. "But I believe he'll show us all he has someday. Maybe even next year."

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