Peter Thomson, cherub-faced young Aussie, casually went about business of shooting 286 for his third straight British Open title at Hoylake (see page 34), teamed up with Lew Hoad (see below) to give Australia a fair dinkum day.
Shelley Mann, gifted Walter Reed swimmer, swooshed to world records for 100-meter (1:11.8) and 200-meter butterfly (2:44.4), U.S. mark in 400-meter individual medley (5:52.5) to set record-breaking pace in AAU meet at Tyler, Texas.
Bobby Unser, youngest of the driving Unsers (SI, July 2), pushed his Jaguar up 14,109-foot Pikes Peak in record-breaking 14:27 for 12.4-mile course to win the hill climb for race cars while brother Jerry was fastest in stock car.
Jackie MacDonald, shapely blonde Olympic hopeful from Toronto, kept her campaign in full swing, tossing shot-put 46 feet 1 inch and discus 135 feet 10½ inches for new Canadian senior women's records at St. Lambert, Que.
July 15, 1956
Ron Holmberg, husky 18-year-old swinger from Brooklyn, stroked through field of 20 national junior champions, vanquished Australia's Rod Laver 6-1, 6-1 in "Junior Wimbledon" final to give U.S. some hope for tennis future.