BOATING—RICHARD STEARNS, a former North American champion, with Lynn Williams as crew, won the world Star class title on a foggy day off Lisbon. While the Wilmette, Ill. pair didn't win one of the five races, their persistency with Harbor Glider edged Portugal's Brothers Duarte and Fernando Bello by six points in the overall standings. Russia's Olympic gold medalist, Timir Pinegin, in one of his infrequent international appearances, won the first and fourth races in Tornado, but a 39th plunged the inconsistent Russian to eighth in the final results.
Sue Sinclair left her three small children at home with her husband, took her sister Sandy and Carolyn McCurdy as crew from the Noroton (Conn.) Yacht Club to Miami for the North American women's sailing championship and breezed right through the eight races. Skippering a Lightning, Mrs. Sinclair, who had earlier defeated Defending Champion Timothea Schneider in the regional eliminations, shook off Mrs. Glenn Lattimore of the Fort Worth club to win. Her fourth place in the last race, plus three firsts, gave the red-headed sailor a 1-point edge and the Adams Cup.
Tom Allen slipped successfully through Lake Eric's southeast gales and past tough competitor Carl Eichenlaub of San Diego to retain his North American Lightning class title.
Henry Sprague III, 16, one of the current crop of first-rate sailors from the sprawling aquapolis of Newport Harbor, Calif., won the Sears Cup (the North American junior championship) in a blustery series oil" Marblehead. Mass. Sprague and his two crewmen sailed their 210 to four victories in the eight-race competition, scoring 49 points, to beat Peter Leus of Montreal by 3½ points.
September 9, 1962
CANOEING—NEIL O'KEEFE and BILL KELLY bucked a strong headwind on Lake Sebago in Bear Mountain, N.Y., to win the two-man kayak event as a U.S. team defeated Canada for the first time in the North American championships. Then O'Keefe and Kelly, young New Yorkers who practiced for the race with miles of rowing on Manhattan's Hudson and Harlem rivers, paired with fellow New Yorkers Ken Wilson and Tom Healy to win the four-man kayaks. Olympian Frank Havens led a U.S. sweep of the one-man singles. This gave the U.S. a heartening 32-22 triumph, and hope for a respectable showing in the 1964 Olympics.
GAMES—ASIAN GAMES (see page 13) continued in Jakarta, Indonesia amid protests provoked by rebuffs to non-Communist nations. Japan marched to a big lead over teams from 17 countries, winning 70 gold medals in 110 events as it dominated track and field, wrestling, swimming and table tennis.
GOLF—JoANNE GUNDERSON, a powerful 23-vear-old apple-eater from Kirkland, Wash., won her third National Women's Amateur title (see page 82). Playing overpowering golf, she thrashed high school senior Ann Baker of Maryville, Tenn. 9 and 8 in the 36-hole final at Rochester. N.Y. Miss Gunderson, who picked and ate a "lucky" apple from a tree on the 9th fairway every day of the tournament, had only one close call as she won seven matches en route to the finals. The champion, who had won in 1957, when she was 18, and again in 1960, played a total of 120 holes in eight over par. The seven-day tournament had its biggest upset when Defending Champion Anne Quast Decker lost 5 and 4 to Patricia Hahn. 22-year-old Delaware state champion.
Howard Creel, 57, won his second straight world senior championship—for golfers 55 years and over—in Colorado Springs, Colo. Creel, a lefthander from Houston, defeated 65-year-old Adrian McManus of Pasadena, Calif. 7 and 5 in the final.
HARNESS RACING—A.C.'s VIKING brought the same winning form to The Hambletonian that he has to 10 of 11 other races this year (see page 20). Sixty-two-year-old Sanders Russell, still wearing a sneaker because of an injured ankle, coaxed the 3-year-old trotter to victory in both of the mile heats. Starting from 15th post position in the first heat, the Viking was not able to reach the front until the 16th pole, but he closed in on the finish easily from there. The winning time was a fast 1:59[3/5]-Safe Mission followed a length and three quarters behind. After resting an hour at the oven-hot Du Quoin (Ill.) Fairgrounds, the Viking took the second heat in 2:00. For his second win in trotting's Triple Crown (the Yonkers Futurity was the first), A.C.'s Viking earned $62,854 for his owners, Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Petersen of West Hartford, Conn.
HORSE RACING—BLACK BEARD ($28.80) led a field of 12 all the way through the mile for an easy win in the $58,900 Jerome Handicap for 3-year-olds at Aqueduct. Braulio Baeza rode the son of Swaps to a convincing three-length victory over Fauve in the stakes record time of 1:34[3/5] was the fifth win in 14 starts this year for the Darby Dan Farm entry. Spring winners, including Kentucky Derby victor Decidedly and Greek Money, proved disappointingly slow, finishing out of the money.
PARACHUTING—THE U. S. TEAM amassed a surprising 11,009.317 points as the sixth world championships went into the final day of what has been a three-week air-tumbling spree in Orange, Mass. With a victory in the women's group accuracy jump from 1,000 meters and a solid filling of second-and third-place finishes, the U.S. jumpers were trailing the strong Chechoslovakian team by only 25.089 points. The Russian chutists, steady in calm air but jerky in a breeze, sank below the leaders in spite of erroneous reports published in Berlin that gave the Soviet team a commanding lead. Individual winners included Girard Tr√®ves of France and Czech Dagmar Kuldova, the 1,000-meter accuracy champions. Another Czech, Maria Stancikova, won the women's style jump. Geuorgui Galabov, from Bulgaria, one of the 24 participating countries, was the leader in the incompleted 1,500-meter accuracy jump. Muriel Simbro of Van Nuys, Calif. led in the same event for women. Except for one minor injury, incurred when an Irish girl smashed through a glass housing for a computer, and some high winds, nothing has interrupted the steady plop of the planned 2,000 jumps.
SWIMMING—MURRAY ROSE, 23, in his latest summer splash—the Far Western championships in Los Altos, Calif.—lowered Jon Konrads' world record in the 800-meter freestyle. Rose swam it in 8:51.5, slicing 8 seconds from the old mark. Later, making one of his rare appearances in a sprint, the versatile Australian equaled the world time of 2:00.4 for the 200 meters. The women's 800-meter freestyle mark also toppled as Carolyn House finished in 9:51.6, which was 4 seconds faster than it has ever been done before. Her Los Angeles club teammate, Sharon Finneran, also set a world record, doing the 200-meter butterfly in 2:30.9.
TENNIS—THE U.S. NATIONALS opened at Forest Hills, N.Y. with an unusually heavy international field. The USLTA charter plane brought players from 34 nations, among them 49-year-old Jadwiga Jedrzejowska, women's champion of Poland 26 times, who was a finalist at Wimbledon in 1937. The Russians, playing here for the first time, started off fairly uneventfully as dimpled schoolboy Alexander Metreveli easily disposed of Bronson Van Wyck of Montclair, N.J., and Tomas Lejus quietly took his opening match from Evert Schneider. Sergei Likhachev proceeded more explosively, protesting a line call during the two-day, darkness-interrupted match against Californian Jim McManus. McManus finally won 4-6, 16-18, 12-10, 6-1, 6-4. Australian Roy Emerson, the man who could pose a challenge to Rod Laver's attempt at a sweep of all the major tennis crowns, got a break. Italian Nicola Pietrangeli, scheduled to face Emerson, decided to stay home at the last minute. Some lively American play came from surprisingly bouncy Whitney Reed, who bumped out Dennis Ralston 4-6, 6-2, 10-8, 2-6, 6-3, and junior champion Vicki Palmer, who upset Billie Jean Moffitt. Miss Moffitt won the first set 8-6 and was losing 0-5 when she quit because of exhaustion and dizziness.
WATER SKIING—CHUCK STEARNS, 23, won his fourth U.S. championship in six years as he out-maneuvered a big field at Callaway Gardens, Ga. With a first in the six-buoy slalom and thirds in both the tricks and jumping events, the husky Long Beach (Calif.) State College senior scored 2,751 points to take the men's overall title.
MILEPOSTS—BARRED: JOHN UELSES, who broke the world pole vault record this year and is a recently enrolled student at Philadelphia's La Salle College, from amateur track meets, by Florida AAU officials who charged that Uelses accepted $185 to appear in the Hollywood Relays.
TRADED: CHARLIE FLOWERS, San Diego Charger fullback, to the New York Titans (see page 62), where he brings a ray of hope to a generally bleak outlook.
SIGNED AGAIN: JERRY LUCAS, pro basketball hopeful, this time with a Cleveland syndicate that is trying to get an NBA franchise for 1963, as a public relations director, under a three-year $140,000 contract.