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I am not a
follower of track and field, but I did watch the Olympic trials on television.
As I read your article I again felt the thrill of watching Tom Courtney burst
through to win his race. A few "beads of perspiration" came to my eyes
when I thought of Whitfield who had tried so hard, had deserved so much and
gotten so little.
It is beyond my
understanding how truly great track and field men of Sime's and Bragg's caliber
can be out of the Olympics. I am beginning to agree with some of the English
writers that England has the best and fairest way of picking men for the
DON'T GIVE THEM A
This same pressure will be present at the Olympic Games.
A team picked by a committee would result in tremendous repercussions long after the Olympic Games were completed as different localities would be up in arms because their Johnny wasn't selected.
The United States Olympic Committee would have had a hard time selecting men even in some of our so-called weak events. Take for instance the 5,000-meter run. Starting with the first performance in 1920 and ending in 1955, a grand total of 21 Americans had bettered 15 minutes for the event, according to my research, whereas this season no less than 16 runners accomplished that feat. With so many first-class athletes in each event a final elimination test has to be staged to separate three representatives from the rest of the pack.
Many thanks to Roy Terrell, who brought me a solid month of topnotch reporting.