Dawn Fraser, 18-year-old Australian lass, stoked up on four sugar-coated doughnuts, entered North Sydney 55-yard pool and broke world's oldest swimming record (1:4.6 100-meter women's freestyle mark set in 1936) with 1:4.5 clocking (Feb. 21). Feat was all the more remarkable because she swam 110 yards—23 inches farther than required length. Dawn came back like thunder at week's end to better two more world's freestyle standards, covering 200 meters in 2:20.6 and 220 yards in 2:21.2 (Feb. 25).
Jim Golliday, Northwestern sprinter, barreled 60 yards in six seconds flat at Madison, Wis. for world's indoor dirt track record, a mark which had long been as fugitive as four-minute mile (Feb. 25).
Al Wiggins, strapping Ohio State junior, swam 200-yard individual medley in 2:08.2 at Columbus for American record (Feb. 25).
March 5, 1956
TRACK AND FIELD
Manhattan, parlaying depth and balance, offset runner-up Villanova's five firsts to defend successfully their IC4A title at New York 36-34. Meet hinged on two-mile, where Manhattan's Bob Sbarra, figured no better than third, stormed up behind George King to take second, co-favored Alex Breckenridge of Villanova falling back to fourth. Ron Delany, the righteous Irishman, for whom "winning is the t'ing," and slow clocking no sin, accomplished both again in 4:11.4 mile. Arnie Sowell, running easy as water, took 1,000 and anchored victorious Pitt two-mile relay team to meet-record 7:40. Among other meet record breakers: Albert Hall of Cornell in 35-pound weight throw (62 feet 8½ inches); Villanova's Don Bragg in pole vault (15 feet 2 inches) and King (9:07).
Archie Moore, fleshy (197 pounds) light heavyweight champion, trudged after backward-reeling Howard King at San Francisco to score easy win in first bout since Rocky Marciano knocked him and his Sweet Science textbook for a loop last September.
Ben Green, 71-year-old British referee who gifted Peter Waterman with bizarre decision over Kid Gavilan (SI, Feb. 20), had his license revoked by Britain's Boxing Board of Control. Result will remain on record, however.
Youth shored up boxing's infirm frame with lively doings during week. Rising 24-year-old Heavyweight Johnny Summerlin beat Young Jack Johnson at Los Angeles; in Boston 141-pound Walt Byars, 21, befuddled Rookie of Year Bobby Murphy, handing him first loss; 161-pound Rory Calhoun, 21, remained unbeaten, TKOing Angelo Defendis at New York; Lightweight Ralph Dupas, 20, split-decisioned Hoacine Khalfi in New Orleans.
Needles, making most of five-pound weight allowance accorded Florida-bred horses, stepped out in stretch under light sticking by Jockey Dave Erb to win $148,800 Flamingo Stakes at Hialeah by 2¾ lengths (see page 22).
Johnny Longden took Bobby Brocato to front early, let him gallop on top for remainder of 1¼ miles in $135,000 Santa Anita Handicap to breezy six-length victory. Swaps was scratched because of off track and Social Outcast, a distant seventh, obviously didn't run his race (see page 25).
Ted Kroll, Fort Lauderdale pro, put four sub-par rounds together for 72-hole total of 277 and first money in $30,000 Houston Open, his second victory on winter circuit. Kroll's only near mishap occurred on 71st hole when his approach shot was long, but ball hit spectator and bounced back to edge of green. Mused Kroll: "When you get lucky, you get lucky."
Betsy Rawls, playing out of Spartanburg, S.C., faltered on final round but her putter stayed hot enough to enable her to win Babe Zaharias Cancer Fund tournament at Sarasota with 291.
Tim Flock drove 1956 Chrysler 300B through fitful rain at average speed of 90.83 mph to win 160-mile NASCAR grand national championship, cut to 152 miles when tide encroached upon Daytona Beach racing strip. Two laps were run under yellow flag because of numerous crack-ups (see page 44).
Philadelphia Warriors strengthened their commanding lead in NBA Eastern Division with only one loss during week, that to hapless N.Y. Knicks who have dropped six of their last seven. Western Division was shuffled, St. Louis moving into second, Minneapolis dropping to third and Rochester to last place. Fort Wayne's top position was weakened but they still appear a shoo-in for title.
Antti Hyvarinen, Finland's Olympic champion, took special jump event at Oslo's Holmenkollen Festival with leaps of 228 and 231 feet before crowd of 90,000.
Montreal's Les Canadiens ended Detroit's seven-year dynasty as NHL champions, clinching league title with 5-1 rout of Red Wings at Montreal Forum.
Reginald Weir of New York defeated Ed Tarangioli 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 to win National Indoor senior division title at New York, became first Negro to take a national championship sponsored by USLTA.
MARRIED—Katy Rodolph, 25, Olympic skier, and Air Force Lieut. William Wyatt, 28; at Las Vegas. Bride wore plaster casts as result of neck and knee fractures received in pre-Olympic practice run.