Pre: The Story of America's Greatest Running Legend, Steve Prefontaine - Chapter 4 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 4 Summary and Analysis

The 1972 Olympic Trials were billed as "America's greatest distance race of all time." Among the fine field, now 21-year-old Pre's main competition was 34-year-old George Young, former world record-holder in the two mile. Though getting old for a track and field athlete, Young had the kind of drive and intensity that could match Pre.

In the race, after the initial lap Pre again took the lead in his trademark front-running style. He outpaced everyone, tiring Young and eventually opening up an insurmountable eight-yard lead with a lap to go, winning the trial. As always, Pre was gracious in victory, asking Young to run a victory lap with him.

With the trial won, Pre turned to severe training sessions, headed by assistant track coach Bill Dellinger. Together they made the journey to Munich for the Olympics. Pre battled homesickness and nervous energy...

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