Sporting Life: What sport sticks in the memory? Raw, testing and immortal

LIV Golf - which continues this week - doesn't call to the writer. PHOTO: NYTIMES
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One runner has a chest cold and is so intense he is described by a friend as looking "like a man going to the electric chair" when he runs. The other's foot has been cut open and stitched after he steps on a photographer's broken flashbulb. Offered a local anaesthetic for the pain before the race, he refuses.

This is 1954 and it's the summer of speed.

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