Ian O'Brien, 16, a husky swimmer from the Australian bush, breaststroked to a world-record 1.08.5 for 110 yards after coming within .1 second of the 100-meter mark a month earlier. He still needs to improve for Tokyo, says his coach, Terry Gathercole.
Phyllis Mayo, a freshman in the college of arts and sciences at the University of Maine (hometown: Montclair, N.J.) who is preparing for a career in journalism by reporting for her school newspaper, was elected queen of the university's Winter Carnival.
Joe Filliston of London, England, announced his retirement as umpire for the BBC cricket club after 18 years of service. Joe, who started as a professional slow bowler and made pianos during the off season, quit on his 102nd birthday, "before I get too old."
G.H. (Pete) Bostwick Jr., 28, the 1958 New England intercollegiate golf champion, won the Tuxedo (N.Y.) Gold Racquet court tennis tournament by defeating the perennial defending champion, brother Jim Bostwick, age 26, in three straight sets.
Eric Staples, 58, basketball coach at Perry (Ga.) High School the past 31 seasons, gained the 900th victory (against only 186 losses) of his 37-year coaching career when Perry defeated Hawkinsville 67-52. His teams have also won seven state titles.
Ray Rudich, 15, a sophomore (94 scholastic average) wrestling in the 95-pound weight class at Iroquois Central High (Elma, N.Y.), was undefeated in 27 matches the past two seasons. His twin brother Rod (103-pound class) was 25-0 over the same period.