PAN AMERICAN GAMES—Over two thousand athletes from 24 nations wound up 12-day games in Chicago, provided such out-standing performances as these: 27-year-old Brazilian Wensceslau Malta earned striking 4,558 points for the gold medal in the modern pentathlon; Sprinter Ray Norton, San Jose State, was only triple gold medalist in men's track, tied world record of 20.6 for 200-meter dash around curve; West Indies' 1,600-meter relay team took gold medal with a time of 3:05.4, third fastest ever recorded and only half second behind U.S.'s Olympic championship time; Nancy Ramey of Seattle broke her own 100-meter butterfly world record in 1:09.1; Yolanda Ramirez and Rosa Reyes of Mexico defeated Althea Gibson and Karol Fageros 6-8, 7-5, 6-1 for women's tennis doubles championship; U.S. water polo team sank Argentina's two-time Pan Am champions 5-3 for gold medal in best U.S. showing in international field since 1904 Olympics; Lucinda Williams. Nashville, won 100-and 200-meter dashes, and ran on winning 400-meter relay team to become only triple gold medalist in women's track; Vince Shomo, 19-year-old graduate of New York City's George Washington High School, scored three consecutive first-round knockouts to take light-welterweight crown; Paula Jean Myers of Los Angeles duplicated Pat McCormick's 1955 feat by taking gold medals in women's three-meter springboard and 10-meter platform diving; Charles Vinci. U.S. bantamweight weight lifter, bettered world record by pressing 243 pounds; U.S. wrestling team won 29 bouts and tied one to take all eight weight division titles.
This is an article from the Sept. 14, 1959 issue
HORSE RACING—Playing it close to the rail, Venetian Way waited until there was only an eighth of mile to run before moving to the outside under the whip of Manuel Gonzalez to nip off Bally Ache by three-quarters of a length and set an Arlington Park track record in the $184,250 Washington Futurity for 2-year-olds (see above). Fleet-footing the 6½ furlongs in 1:15⅘ Venetian Way earned $122,562 for the Sunny Blue Farm and showed himself as one of the promising 2-year-olds to keep an eye on.
BOXING—Abstaining from food and drink on day of fight to bring his weight below 137, Cuban Lightweight Champion Chico Morales was batted about Atlantic City ring like a locust husk, was thoroughly outpointed in 10 rounds by Philadelphia's Len Matthews. Favored at 3 to 1, Matthews staggered the Cuban in all but two rounds, in a complete-command performance snapped Morales' two-year winning streak at 16.