BICYCLE RACING—JACQUES ANQUETIL of France pedaled into the lead on the first day of the Tour de France and 14 days, 2,729 miles later coasted into Paris, over-all winner by more than four hours.
BOATING—In the first two races of a week-long competition on Long Island Sound between America's cup contenders, EASTERNER, under the sure helmsmanship of Bus Mosbacher, twice beat Weatherly and Columbia.
Moppie, 31-foot Bertram inboard piloted by Sam Griffith of Miami, churned through rough seas to win the 280-mile Round Long Island (N.Y.) Marathon in a record six hours 22 minutes. The Miami boat, which won the Miami-Nassau race, was powered by two 330-hp-Chrysler engines.
Robin too II, 36-foot yawl owned and designed by Marblehead, Mass. Sailmaker Ted Hood, won the 360-mile Marblehead-to-Halifax ocean race on corrected time. First to finish was the 72-foot schooner Lord Jim in 67:35:48.
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In a close finish the 82-foot sloop Sirius II reached Honolulu just seven miles ahead of the 72-foot ketch Ticonderoga to be first across the line in the 2,225-mile transpacific race from San Pedro. The time: 10 days 10 hours 38 minutes and 35 seconds. A. B. Robb Jr.'s 66-foot NAM SANG finished later to win on corrected time.
GOLF—Despite horrible weather that washed out a full day of play, ARNOLD PALMER played sub-par golf to take the British Open at Royal Birkdale by one stroke with a 284 (see page 20).
Jacky Cupit of Longview, Texas, former University of Houston star and rookie on the pro circuit, played a steady four rounds to win the Canadian Open at Winnipeg with a 10-under-par 270.
Dick Sikes, slim 21-year-old junior from the University of Arkansas, defeated John Molenda of Detroit 4 and 3 to win the U.S. Amateur Public Links championship in Detroit.
HORSE RACING—PRINCE BLESSED ($11) took the lead at the top of the stretch and held off stablemate Grey Eagle to win the $162,100 Hollywood Gold Cup Handicap by a neck. High Tide Stable's Whodunit, the surprise favorite, was third. With Johnny Longden up, Prince Blessed ran the 1¼ miles in 1:59 4/5. The Kerr Stable's one-two victory was worth $132,000.
Hitting Away ($8.70), back in good form again, surged ahead in the final eighth of a mile to edge out High Tide Stable's Baldpate by a neck in the $83,600 Dwyer Handicap over a rain-soaked Aqueduct track. The Ogden Phipps colt, ridden by Hedley Woodhouse, ran the 1¼ miles in 2:03 4/5. In England's richest flat race of the season—the $64,652 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot—France's RIGHT ROYAL upset Sir Victor Sassoon's St. Paddy by three lengths. Right Royal, owned by Mrs. Jean Couturie, lifted his career earnings to $283,080, second highest ever for a European horse.
MOTOR SPORTS—WOLFGANG VON TRIPS of Germany averaged 83.91 mph to lead the Ferrari team to a 1-2-3 victory in the 225-mile British Grand Prix at Aintree. Second was Phil Hill and third Ritchie Ginther, both from California.
ROWING—SEYMOUR CROMWELL of Boston's Riverside Boat Club beat Dave Wilmerding of the Vesper BC of Philadelphia by two lengths to win the national singles sculls title on the Schuylkill River. With 95½ points DETROIT BC won the Julius H. Barnes point trophy, emblematic of national supremacy, by a scant half a point over Lake Washington Boat Club of Seattle and Undine Barge Club of Philadelphia.
SWIMMING—At AAU meet in Evansville, Ind. CHET JASTREMSKI of the University of Indiana set two world records: the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:35.3 and the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:10, while teammate TOM STOCK broke the world 200-meter backstroke record with a 2:15.1.
Barbara Goebel of East Germany bettered the world record for the 110-yard breaststroke by more than a second and a half with a time of 1:19.5, led her country to a 143-118 victory over Britain in dual meet in Blackpool, England.
TRACK & FIELD—The U.S. men beat the Russian men 124-111, and Russian women beat the U.S. women 68-39 as five world records were broken at the dual meet in Moscow (see page 12). The complete results:
100 METERS—Budd (10.3), Drayton (10.4), Prokhorovski (10.5). Vinogradov (10.6).
200 METERS—Budd (20.8), Drayton (disqualified for crossing into another lane), Ozolin (21.1), Prokhorovski (21.1).
400 METERS—Williams (46.7), Plummer (46.9), Rakhmanov (47.0), Arkhipchuk (47.6).
800 METERS—Siebert (1:46.8), Dupree (1:47.3), Savinkov (1:47.4), Bulishev (1:48.2).
1,500 METERS—Beatty (3:43.8), Grelle (3:45.3), Belitski (3:46.2), Savinkov (3:48.8).
5,000 METERS—Bolotnikov (13:58.4), Truex (14:05.4), Samoilov (14:14.8), Clark (14:45.4).
10,000 METERS—Zakharov (29:34.4), Virkus (29:43), Gutknecht (30:13.8), Kitt, (32:47.8).
3,000-METER STEEPLECHASE—Sokolov (8:35.4), G. Young (8:38), Naroditski (8:56.4), Jones (9:09.2).
110-METER HIGH HURDLES—Jones (13.8), Mikhailov (13.9), Washington (13.9), Chistiakov (13.9).
400-METER HURDLES—Cushman (50.5), Chevichalov (51.2), Farmer (51.6), Korenevski (52.0).
20-KILOMETER WALK—Solodov (1:38:11.2), Panichkin (1:39:30.4), Mortland (1:42:23.6), Zinn (1:44:58.2).
400-METER RELAY—Jones, Budd, Frazier, Drayton (39.1, world record), Ozolin, Politiko, Konovalov, Bartenev (39.4).
1,600-METER RELAY—Plummer, Frazier, Earl Young, Williams (3:08.2), Bartenev, Liubimov, Arkhipchuk, Rakhmanov (3:11.6).
HIGH JUMP—Brumel (7 feet 4 inches, world record), Thomas (7-2), Avant (6-11¾), Shavlakadze (6-8½).
BROAD JUMP—Boston (27 feet 1¾ inches, world record), Ter-Ovanesyan (26-31,4), Watson (25-11), Vaupshas (25-4½).
HOP, STEP AND JUMP—Kreer (54 feet 8½ inches), Fedoseyev (52-6), Floerke (51-4), Sharpe (46-8).
POLE VAULT—Uelses (15 feet 4½ inches), Wadsworth (15-1), Krasovskis (14-9), Petrenko (14-5).
SHOTPUT—Gubner (60 feet 7½ inches), Silvester (60-5½), Lipsnis (59-5), Varanauskas (58-3¾).
DISCUS—Silvester (191 feet 9½ inches), Bukhantsev (184-10½), Humphreys (182-7¼), Metsur (175-4½).
HAMMER THROW—Rudenkov (217 feet 7¾ inches), Bakarinov (212-11½), Pagani (188-5¾), Backus (183-¾).
JAVELIN—Tsibulenko (272 feet 8½ inches), Kuznetsov (268-6¾), Fromm (229-11¾), Wilkinson (229-¾).
DECATHLON—Kutenko (7,614 points), Herman (7,484), Edstrom (7,293), Diachkov (6,354).
100 METERS—Rudolph (11.3, equals world record), Itkina (11.5), Maslovskaya (11.6), O'Neal (12.0).
200 METERS—Itkina (23.4), Pollard (23.7), Brown (24.1), Ignatieva (24.2).
800 METERS—Lysenko (2:05.4), Parlyuk (2:09.2), Daniels (2:16.2), Benett (2:21).
80-METER HURDLES—Press (10.6), Kosheleva (10.7), Parish (11.1), Terry (11.1).
400-METER RELAY—White, Pollard, Brown, Rudolph (44.3, world record), Krepkina, Maslovskaya, Itkina, Shchelkanova (44.5).
HIGH JUMP—Chenchik (5 feet 6¾ inches), Brown (5-4¾), Dolya (5-4¾), Terry (4-11).
BROAD JUMP—Shchelkanova (21 feet 3 inches, world record), White (20-11¾), Shaprunova (20-8¼), McGuire (18-5¼).
SHOTPUT—Press (56 feet 7 inches), Zybina (53-4¾), Shepherd (44-5¾), Wyatt (44-4¼).
DISCUS—Press (188 feet 4 inches, world record), Ponomareva (174-8), Shepherd (148-1), McCarthy (129-1½).
JAVELIN—Ozolina (179 feet 9 inches), Gorchakova (171-6¼), Mendyka (141-3¼), Davenport (133-¾).
MILEPOSTS—DIED: SIDNEY COLE, 31, veteran jockey with a reputation for bringing in long shots ("Get out of the hole with Sidney Cole" was an often-heard chant), when thrown against the rail by a 2-year-old filly, Laurel Mae, during a public workout between races at Aqueduct.
DIED: TY COBB, 74, the sharpspiked terror of baseball, who in 24 fiery seasons—22 of them as a Detroit Tiger—filled the books with 90 records (the biggest: a lifetime batting average of .367; 4,191 hits; 2,244 runs), after a long illness, in Atlanta. Always an aggressive player. The Georgia Peach played hard-hitting, hard-sliding baseball that earned him the ire of his opponents and the cheers of the crowds. An astute businessman, he retired from baseball in 1928, invested his earnings and amassed a fortune.