BOATING—A series of accidents postponed the final heat of the Seafair Trophy event for unlimited hydroplanes, but the major casualty of the Seattle race came on the first lap of heat 1B when Mira Slovak (SI, Aug. 8), gunning Miss Wahoo into the north turn a shade too fast, hooked his sponsons. The hydro flipped wildly, sent a wall of spray high into the air. The steering wheel was badly twisted, the instrument panel torn loose, a portion of the top decking torn out, one side and the tail section ripped off and Slovak himself hurled into Lake Washington. Charging up close behind in Kol Roy was Slovak's friend and fellow airline pilot Bob Larsen. He stopped his hydro, jumped into the water and kept the unconscious Slovak afloat until a helicopter dropped down to make the rescue. Luckily, Slovak, who was rushed to the hospital in a state of shock, suffered only minor injuries. Said unfriendly rival Bill Muncey, Miss Thriftway's driver, "It was a terrible thing. She was a good boat and Mira had driven her hard."
Weatherly, the 69-foot 12-meter yacht owned by Henry D. Mercer, Rumson, N.J., and sailed by Arthur Knapp Jr., Larchmont, N.Y., captured the prestigious, silver Queen's Cup, in the feature race of the seven-day New York YC Cruise, gliding over the 15-mile triangular course in the corrected time of 14:34:01, 2:09 faster than James J. O'Neill's Stormy Weather; at Newport, R.I.
FISHING—MABRY HARPER, Hartsville, Tenn., threw his line into Cumberland River near Hartsville, came out with a 25-pound walleye that broke the previous world record by 2 pounds 12 ounces. State fish and game officials needed two days to certify the fish for a record. Harper, hungrier for a pike dinner than a world mark, had already dressed it and put it in the refrigerator.
GOLF—ARNOLD PALMER, the 30-year-old Open and Masters champion from Latrobe, Pa., jumped back into come-from-behind form at the $30,000 Insurance City Open outside of Hartford, Conn. Trailing Jack Fleck by five shots going into the final 18 holes. Palmer came up with eight birdies, scored a 66, tying him at 270 for 72 holes with Fleck and Bill Collins. He beat both in a three-hole, sudden-death playoff. It was Palmer's seventh victory of the year, and the winner's prize of $3,500 ballooned his 1960 earnings to $72,228.
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Tommy Aaron, 23-year-old Walker Cup golfer from Gainesville, Ga., easily won the 58th Western Amateur at Duluth when opposing finalist Bob Cochran, the 47-year-old British Amateur runner-up from St. Louis (SI, June 6), was forced by a painful backache to concede the championship after only six holes of their scheduled 36-hole match.
Bill Tindall, Seattle, ignored painfully blistered feet, scored with birdie putts of 60 feet on the 11th hole, 50 feet on the 15th, defeated Laurie Hammer of Sarasota, Fla. 2 and 1 in close to 100° heat at Kansas City, to win the USGA Junior championship.
Jack Walters, 47, of Tacoma, Wash., shot a 74 in the playoff to Bob Wilson's 80 after the two had tied with 292 for 72 holes, won the National Left-handers championship; at Tacoma.
HORSE RACING—It was a winning week for Patrice Jacobs' HAIL TO REASON and Jockey BOB USSERY. On Monday, opening day at Saratoga, the 2-year-old brown colt ($2.90), Ussery up, stormed into the lead at the head of the stretch and won the six-furlong, $36,050 Sanford Stakes by six lengths in 1:11. On Saturday, closing day at Monmouth Park, Ussery shuffled the favorite ($5) through a pack of 18 2-year-olds in the $136,875 Sapling Stakes, brought him out with a rush in the homestretch and nipped 40-to-1 shot He's a Pistol by a half length in 1:10 2/5 for the six furlongs. The double victory brought Ussery's record to seven wins in his last eight stakes rides.
Warhead ($5.50), surviving a foul claim, the $59,500 Whitney Stakes by three quarters of a length over Talent Show, 1‚⅛ m. in 1:51, Saratoga, N.Y. Mike Sorrentino up.
Dotted Swiss ($4.20), the $53,750 Laurance Armour Handicap by 1½ lengths over Resolved, 1‚⅛ m. in 1:50, Arlington Park, Ill. Willie Shoemaker up.
Kelso ($9.80), the $56,800 Choice Stakes by 7 lengths over Careless John, 1 1/16 m. in 1:41 1/5, Monmouth Park, N.J. Bill Hartack up.
MOTOR SPORTS—England's STIRLING MOSS, competing for the first time since his near-fatal accident six weeks before in the Belgian Grand Prix (he suffered two broken legs and numerous injuries), steered his Lotus over the 75-kilometer Swedish International course at Karlskoga in 41:08.8, easily defeated Sweden's Joakim Bonnier, driving a Maserati.
SHOOTING—ARMY SERGEANT WILLIAM B. BLANKENSHIP, 30, of Richlands, Va. out-popped 1,962 marksmen with .22-, .38-and .45-caliber pistols to win the National Pistol championship at Camp Perry, Ohio. His total—2,636 points out of a possible 2,700—was a record.
SWIMMING—After four days of record breaking in Detroit (see page 54), the U.S. Olympic team was set—men: 100-METER FRKHSTYLE, Lance Larson, Bruce Hunter; 400-METER FREESTYLE, Alan Somers, Eugene Lenz; 1,500-METER FREESTYLE, Somers, George Breen; 800-METER FREESTYLE RELAY, Richard Blick, Steve Clark, William Darnton, Jeff Farrell, George Harrison, Thomas Winters; 100-METER BACKSTROKE, Robert Bennett, Frank McKinney; 200-METER BUTTERFLY, Mike Troy, David Gillanders;200—METERBREASTSTROKE,William Mulliken, Paul Hait; 3-METER SPRINGBOARD DIVE, Sam Hall, Gary Tobian; 10 METER PLATFORM DIVE, Tobian, Robert Webster. Women: 100-METER FREESTYLE, Chris von Saltza, Carolyn Wood; 400-METER FREESTYLE, Miss von Saltza, Carolyn House; 400-METER FREESTYLE RELAY, Susan Doerr, Joan Spillane, Shirley Stobs, Molly Botkin, Donna de Varona, Sylvia Ruuska; 100-METER BACKSTROKE, Lynn Burke, Nina Harmar; 100-METER BUTTERFLY, Miss Wood, Carolyn Schuler; 200-METER BREASTSTROKE, Ann Warner, Patty Kempner; 3-METER SPRINGBOARD DIVE, Paula Jean Myers Pope, Patsy Willard; 10-METER PLATFORM DIVE, Mrs. Pope, Juno Stover.
The AUSTRALIANS, at their own Olympic trials in Townsville, broke four world relay records, and MARILYN WILSON set a new world mark of 2:37.2 in the women's 220-yard backstroke.
Murray Rose squared off with multiple world record holder John Konrads, beat him in three of four freestyle races. Rose won the 220-yard, 400-and 1,500-meter tests, Konrads the 440 yards on the final day.
TENNIS—ROD LAYER, Australia, the 72nd Southampton Invitation, 12-10, 6-3, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, over Ron Holmberg, Brooklyn, at Southampton, N.Y.
TRACK & FIELD—Iron Curtain women warmed up the Olympics with world record efforts in the broad jump and javelin throw. In the Olympic trials at Erfurt, East Germany's HILDRUN CLAUS bounded 21 feet to break by two inches the four-year-old broad-jump mark held by Poland's Elzbieta Krzesinka. In Leningrad, Russia's ELVIRA OZOLINA sailed her javelin out 194 feet 4½ inches to erase her own mark of 193 feet 7.
WRESTLING—After week-long trials at Norman, Okla. the U.S. was ready with its two Olympic squads, eight men on the freestyle team, eight on the Greco-Roman team. But the only grapplers given a chance for a medal at Rome are 125½ pound Freestyler Terry McCann of Tulsa, 114½ pound Dick Wilson of Toledo in the Greco-Roman event.
MILEPOST—DIED: MARINE LIEUT. ROBERT ALLEN GUTOWSKI, 25, La Jolla, Calif., holder of the listed world record in the pole vault; in an automobile accident at Oceanside, Calif. In 1957 Gutowski, a lean, narrow-shouldered senior at Occidental College, broke Cornelius Warmer-dam's 15-year-old record with a vault of 15 feet 8¼ then six weeks later cleared 15 feet 9¾ only to have this world mark disallowed on a technicality. That summer it seemed a certainty that Gutowski, who combined fine speed with flawless form, would lead the pole-vaulting assault on 16 feet, but he was hampered by leg injuries and never regained his touch, even failing to make this year's Olympic team.