Derek Ibbotson, 25-year-old British electrical engineer, came roaring along in final 300 yards at London's White City stadium, thrust his thick-set chest through tape 12 yards in front of Hon Delany, to win special mile run in 3:57.2, .8 better than John Landy's world record (see page 12). Three competitors also finished under four minutes: Delany, Ireland (3:58.8); Stanislav Jungwirth, Czechoslovakia (3:59.1); Ken Wood, Britain (3:59.3). Flying Yorkshireman Ibbotson, who tailed pacesetters through 55.3, 1:55.8, 3:00 splits, was cheered on by wife, 5-week-old daughter (July 19).
Dawn Fraser of Australia bettered women's world 200-meter freestyle standard, swimming distance in 2:17.7 at Honolulu (July 14).
July 28, 1957
Pancho Gonzales, fitfully bothered by painful wisdom tooth, finger blister on racket hand, still had too much tennis for young and old pros alike in Jack Kramer's round-robin Tournament of Champions at Forest Hills, conquering field with 5-0 score. Frank Sedgman finished second while Lew Hoad, whose game was most erratic, tied for third (see page 35).
Vic Seixas, pacing himself skillfully in 90° heat, defeated Defending Champion Herb Flam 1-6, 8-6, 6-1, 6-3, won National Clay Courts championship at Chicago. Althea Gibson took women's singles, first major U.S. title, whipping Darlene Hard, 6-2, 6-3.
Milwaukee, by virtue of winning six while losing only two, ascended from third to top of heap in National League game of Who's In First. Right on Braves' heels was renascent Brooklyn, which won seven of nine, aided by late-inning rallies, to climb within single game of leader. St. Louis, with three-and-four record on week, fell to third as Cincinnati moved up notch to fourth. Philadelphia plummeted all the way from second to fifth as renowned pitching utterly collapsed.
New York increased lead in American League despite playing several games with second-platoon infield to four and one half games over second-place Chicago. White Sox, despite fine one-hitter by Dick Donovan, won only two of five.
Lionel Hebert, 29-year-old Louisiana pro who plays trumpet "to soothe my nerves," gained first big tournament win of career, defeating Dow Finsterwald 2-1 for PGA Championship on Dayton's steamy Miami Valley course. Two spurts of birdies on last 18 of 36-hole final secured $8,000 first-prize money.
"Legend," Charles Ullman's 50-foot sloop, found freshening winds to south after calm slowed 34-boat feet, crossed Diamond Head finish line in corrected time of 11 days, 41.41 (elapsed time 12 days, 7:47.6) to take fleet, Class B honors in 2,230-mile Los Angeles-Honolulu transpacific race. Legend's log showed 2,407 miles sailed due to devious voyage. Said Ullman: "We went looking for fastest winds...not necessarily shortest course." Other winners: ("lass A: Nam Sang; Class C: Nalu II; Class D: Altura.
Swoon's Son, E. Gay Drake's magnificent 4-year-old son of The Doge, ignored burden of 132 pounds the spotted 10 opponents nine to 22 pounds), assumed rigorous command in backstretch, pulled away handily in final furlong while Jockey Dave Erb stowed his whip for three-and-a-quarter-length victory in $58,000 Equipoise Mile at Arlington Park. Bay coil's earnings now stand at $665,350, ninth position on alltime money-winning list.
Old Pueblo, given determined run by peripatetic Eddie Arcaro, won $87,400, six-furlong Starlet Stakes for 2-year-olds at Hollywood Park through disqualification when Strong Ruler's number came down after stewards agreed colt had swerved sharply in stretch to cut off favored Fleet Nasrullah.
Round Table, Travis M. Kerr's smallish 3-year-old bay, won his third stakes in as many weeks, taking $115,400, mile-and-quarter Westerner at Hollywood Park. Jockey Willie Shoemaker went to whip only three times ("to remind him to quit playing") as colt crossed wire two lengths in front of Irisher.
Leather Button, 2-year-old gelding ridden by Jack Skelly, was declared winner in $150,075, six-furlong Arlington Futurity after Eddie Arcaro had ridden Alhambra home first by four and a half lengths, only to be disqualified because stablemate Olymar interfered with Sir Ruler just past 16th pole. Under Illinois rule's, any horse owned wholly or in part by owner of disqualified mount is also ruled down.
Jacques Anquetil, 23-year-old "handsome and smiling archangel of French cyclisme" with reputation for speed on fiats, demonstrated he had stamina and craft to master alpine grades, daring to zip downhill with debonair disregard for fatality, won 24-day, 2,800-mile Tour de-France (which finished its grinding run at Paris' Pare des Princes velodrome) with 14:56 advantage over Marcel Janssens of Belgium.
Rory Calhoun, brutish, fifth-ranked middleweight, bulled his way to decisive 10-round decision over Germinal Ballarin, a gloriously mustachioed Frenchman, at Syracuse when Ballarin decided to bounce rather than fight after first few rounds.
Joey Giardello, left-hooking, third-ranked 160-pounder, had difficulties coping with Chico vejar's elusive tactics in televised Louisville bout, nevertheless received roundly hooted decision.
Stirling Moss became first British driver to wheel British-made vehicle to victory in Britain's major race—Grand Prix d'Europe at Aintree—gunning his Vanwall across finish ahead of Luigi Musso's Ferrari. Race also marked first time since 1923 that British machine has won one of nine Grands Prix counting toward world championship. Said jubilant Moss, who toured 270 mile's at 86.8 mph: "I have achieved my life's ambition."
HONORED—Edward B. Lawson, U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Algeron I. Nova award for distinguished service to youth of Israel in field of sports, by U.S. committee for Sports in Israel; at New York.