|Hagg leading Andersson|
Gunder Hagg……………..Runner and non-runner alike remember the name of Roger Bannister who first went sub-four in the mile. But when was the last time you heard the name of the great Swedish world record holder who, with his countryman and competitor, Arne Andersson, drove the mile time down, second by second, until only the last twitch of the stopwatch remained before Bannister achieved immortality.
|Steve Cram and Steve Ovett|
There are others, Bayi, Ovett, Cram, Coe, Morceli, etc. They are alive today and track enthusiasts everywhere should honor them. Second by second they set standards for others to chase. They pushed the boundaries of physical perfection in running but they all, everyone, whether they thought about it or realized it, demonstrated that men and women can do magnificent things if they are willing to strive, fall back, and strive again.
This piece by Tom Coyne brought back a memory about Don Bowden --- I was at the meet in 1957 at the College of Pacific when Don ran the 3.58.7. I was at the end of the pole vault runway getting ready to vault, the announcer was telling all about the record chance, and as Don came off the last turn into the straightaway, I dropped my pole and ran along with him on the infield shouting encouragement ---don't know if he remembers this but I sure do.
For those who don't know Bill. He is a salty old steel pole man who vaulted for Stanford in those days. ed.