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Major event on the schedule of the Amateur Athletic Union’s indoor track & field championships last week was the 1,500-metre run, with Glenn Cunningham, 1936 Olympic runner-up and Luigi Beccali. 1932 Olympic champion, heading a crack field. A mysterious ailment, described by its victim as “like tonsillitis except that I haven’t any tonsils.” kept Cunningham on the sidelines. His Kansas confrere, Archie San Romani, music student at Kansas State Teachers College, won the race from Beccali by a foot, with Pennsylvania’s Gene Venzke third.

Major U. S. track meets seldom fail to produce a world’s record. Last week’s produced three: 8:48.6 for the 3,000-metre steeplechase, by Indiana’s Tommy Deckard; 1:59.7 for the 1,000-metre medley relay, by the New York Curb Exchange team; and 6 ft. 9¼ in. for the high jump—only ½ in. lower than the outdoor world’s record, held jointly by Negroes Cornelius Johnson and Dave Albritton—by Marquette’s Negro Sophomore Edward Burke, handicapped by a slightly twisted knee.

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