ARCHERY—JOE THORNTON, 42-year-old Cherokee Indian from Tulsa, showed the European paleface how to shoot at the world championships in Oslo, Norway. In addition to winning the world title, Thornton set a world single-round record at 90 meters with 271 points and a world championship double-round record at 90 meters with 509 points. NANCY VONDERHEIDE of Cincinnati set a record of 2,173 points to win the women's title over Laurie Fowler of England. A U.S. trio of Thornton, Clayton Sherman and William Bednar won the team championship over Belgium, while Nancy teamed with Grace Frye and Victoria Cook for women's title over England.
BOATING—Canada's MISS SUPERTEST III needed only two heats to beat Miss Detroit and sink for another year U.S. hopes of winning back the Harmsworth Trophy. It was the third straight time in the U.S.-Canadian contest that the mahogany-hulled hydro, driven by smiling, somewhat cherubic Bob Hayward, left the U.S. in its wake. While Chuck Thompson gamely struggled with a faulty Miss Detroit, which conked out in the first heat and sputtered throughout the second, Hayward piloted Miss Supertest III at a comfortable 100 mph in the first race and a moderate 96 mph in the second over the Bay of Quinte course at Picton, Ont.
Zwerver, 57-foot yacht owned by W.N.H. Van der Vorm and sailed by his son Otto, survived howling winds and mountainous seas to defeat 98 other boats in a gale-swept 605-mile race from Cowes, England around Fastnet Rock to Plymouth on a corrected time of 81:32:03. First in with an elapsed time of 92:58:13 was the 74-foot South African yacht Stormvogel. The Admiral's Cup, for which the Fastnet is the fourth and final event, was won by the UNITED STATES.
BOXING—TEDDY WRIGHT of Detroit, called in on four days' notice to sub for ex-Welterweight Champion Benny (Kid) Paret, in the second round opened a cut over the left eye of onrushing Don Fullmer, Gene's brother, kept it open until he scored a TKO in the seventh, in a middleweight bout at Madison Square Garden.
August 20, 1961
CHESS—Sixty-six players from 19 states turned out for the national junior championship in Dayton. Defending champion, and eventual winner, was raisin-eating Robin Ault, 19-year-old Columbia University math senior. Tied at five victories and four draws with Brooklyn's Bernard Zuckerman (six victories, two draws, one defeat), Ault won on a tie-breaking point score of 53½-50. Among the youngsters, the most promising were Ray Fasano, 15, of Red Bank, N.J., who won the under-16 title and placed fourth over-all, and Jeffrey Harris of Philadelphia, who, though only 12, placed 16th.
GOLF—BILLY MAXWELL of Dallas, after shooting a final-round 66 to tie Ted Kroll of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. with a 271, won the $30,000 Insurance City Open in Hartford, Conn. on the 7th hole of a sudden-death playoff with a five-foot birdie putt. LOUISE SUGGS of Atlanta shot a 1-under-par 295 to win her sixth tournament of the year, the $7,500 Kansas City Women's Open, by six strokes under Mickey Wright.
HARNESS RACING—Duke Rodney ($4.50) held off a strong but late bid by Caleb to take by a head the first leg of trotting's triple crown, the $100,330 Yonkers Futurity. With Eddie Wheeler in the sulky, the colt flashed 59 4/5 for the first half mile, then set a world record for 3-year-olds on a half-mile track with a 2:10 3/5 for the 1 1/16 miles.
HORSE RACING—BEAU PRINCE ($10.20) led all the way in the $83,400 Travers at Saratoga to score his second straight stakes victory in two Saturdays—in the first he came from behind to win the American Derby—by a decisive 5½ lengths over Mrs. Robert Doner's Guadalcanal. This time Jockey Steve Brooks let the Calumet colt, considered a come-from-behind horse, set his own pace, which turned out to be a sprightly 2:03 for the 1¼ miles.
INTERNATIONAL GAMES—With a strong showing in track, basketball and swimming, the UNITED STATES won 14 gold medals at the ninth Games for the Deaf in Helsinki, Finland. Deotis Goodwin of Gary, Ind. finished first in the 100 meters in 11.1, James Macfadden of Hollywood won the 200 meters in 22.8 and Paul Adams of Bluefield, W. Va. took the 400 meters in 50.4. All three ran on the U.S. relay teams that set records in the 400 meters (43.4), 1,500 meters (3:21.2) and 1,600 meters (3:23). Tom Ripic of Endicott, N.Y. won the discus with a toss of 136 feet 2¼ inches. In swimming, Donald Morris of Birmingham, Mich. took the springboard diving and Nancy Mahoney of Rochester won the 100-meter backstroke in 1:31.5. The U.S. basketball team defeated Finland 91-43 for a gold medal.
MOTORCYCLING—CARROLL RESWEBER of Cedarburg, Wis. roared around the Watkins Glen (N.Y.) track at an average 83 mph, won the 150-mile national championship of the American Motorcycle Association by more than a minute and a half over Bart Market of Flint, Mich.
SHOOTING—In a tight finish VICTOR AUER of Sherman Oaks, Calif. edged out Joe Steffey of Paris, Ill. by one point (4,784 to 4,783) to win the national small-bore rifle championship at Camp Perry, Ohio. Third, only one point behind Steffey, was Ransford D. Triggs of Madison, N.J., the 1941 champion.
SOARING—ANDREW J. SMITH, 37-year-old architect from Tecumseh, Mich., collected 4,564 points over 10 days to glide off with the national title in Wichita, Kans. on the final day, Runner-up was William Ivans Jr. of San Diego with 4,345 points.
SWIMMING—Upsets abounded and records toppled at the women's national AAU outdoor championships in Philadelphia (see page 48). The winners: Carolyn House: the 220-, 400- and 1,500-meter freestyles in 2:18.9, 4:52.3, and 19:46.3; Nina Harmar: the 100- and 200-meter backstroke in 1:11 and 2:35.2; Donna de Varona: 400-meter individual medley in 5:34.5, a world record and the 200-meter individual medley; Robyn Johnson: 100-meter freestyle in 1:03.2; Dale Barnhard: 100-meter breaststroke in 1:22.6; Jean Dellekamp: 200-meter breaststroke in 2:56.7; Susan Doerr: 100-meter butterfly in 1:08.2 for world record; Becky Collins: 200-meter butterfly in 2:32.8 for a world record. The Vesper Boat Club of Philadelphia won both the 400-meter freestyle relay (4:17) and the 400-meter medley relay (4:50.3), as well as the team title, by 26½ points over Los Angeles. Linda Cooper took the junior platform title, Joel Dina Lenzi the 3-meter dive and Barbara McAlister the 10-meter platform dive.
TENNIS—CHUCK McKINLEY, Wimbledon runner-up last month, captured his first major U.S. title by defeating his Trinity University teammate Frank Froehling in straight sets 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to win the eastern grass court championship in South Orange, N.J. KAREN HANTZE easily defended her women's title with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Germany's Edda Buding. MARGARET OSBORNE DU PONT and MARGARET VARNER of Wilmington, Del. defeated Hantze and Billie Jean Moffitt 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 for the women's doubles title, while DONALD DELL of Bethesda, Md. teamed with BILL BOND of La Jolla, Calif. to beat Crawford Henry and Eugene Scott 6-4, 10-12, 6-4, 6-3 for the men's doubles title. MIKE BELKIN, 16, of Miami Beach, twice down to match point, fought back to win the junior boys' title 6-0, 6-2, 4-6, 2-6, 7-5 over Dave Reed at the international junior championship in East Lansing, Mich. SHARON PRITULA of Detroit scored an easy 6-2, 6-1 victory over Leora Trice for the girls' junior title. STEPHANIE DE FINA of Hollywood, Fla. upset first-seeded Jane Albert 6-4, 7-5 in the girls' 15-and-under, and JEFF BROWN of Carmichael, Calif. won the 15-and-under boys' title with a 6-3, 9-7 triumph over Tom Karp.
TRACK & FIELD—In a continuing tour of Scandinavian countries, JIM BEATTY turned in a new American record and the fastest 1,500 meters of the year with a 3:40.2, FRANK BUDD ran 100 yards in 9.3, only 1/10 second off his pending world record. Farther south, in Frankfurt, Germany, U.S. Field Star JAY SILVESTER of Tremonton, Utah tossed the discus 198 feet 8¼ inches to beat the world record by more than two feet. ZDZISLAW KRZYSZKOWIAK, the Pole, running the 3,000-meter steeplechase at Walcz, Poland, broke another world record with a time of 8:30.4.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: FRANK DASCOLI, 48, controversial National League umpire since 1948, by League President Warren C. Giles in Cincinnati, for allegedly making critical remarks about Giles. In a recent poll by The Sporting News, Dascoli was voted by sportswriters as "most serious-minded" and by the coaches and managers as "most sarcastic," by both as the "biggest grandstander."
DIED: SIR VICTOR SASSOON, 79, British banker, merchant king of a vast Far Eastern financial empire and a leading race-horse owner, in Nassau. Sir Victor, who first started his stable. Eve Stud, in 1923, won nearly all of Britain's major races over the years, including the English Derby in 1953, '57, '58 and '59.