Natalie Steward, 18, of Rhodesia, who swam for Britain and won two medals at the 1960 Olympics, had her time of 1 min. 11 sec. for the 110-yard backstroke ratified last week as a world record by the International Amateur Swimming Federation meeting in Tokyo.
Julio Estrada, 69, of Cuernavaca, Mexico, who began hunting in 1904, was presented with the sport's highest award, the Weatherby Big Game Trophy, for lifetime contributions in the big game field. He is the sixth man to receive the trophy and is the first non-American.
Edgar Allen Diddle, 66, towel-tossing coach of basketball at Western Kentucky for 40 years, got 1,000 silver dollars from local merchants in appreciation of his 1,000th game as Western coach. He has the longest tenure and most wins of any major college coach.
Frank Ervin, of Lexington, Ky., trainer or Impish, the fastest 2-year-old trotter in history, and a racing driver for 41 years (he has more two-minute-or-under miles than any other harness driver), was named winner of the sixth annual Horseman of the Year award.
January 15, 1962
Jill Frank, 12-year-old Salt Lake City ski jumper, twice leaped 36 feet in the Landes Memorial ski jump tournament in Alta, Utah, finished fifth in the junior intermediate division against an otherwise all-male field. Said surprised spectators: "Look, it's a girl!"
James (Ace) Adams of West Point, who has coached the Army lacrosse team for four years and was an All-America at Johns Hopkins U., was selected as coach of the year by the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association after Army shared the national title with Navy.