RECORD BREAKERS—AUSSIE swimmers, churning up white water swell at both ends of globe, left trail of broken records in their wake. Dawn Fraser, in warmup for nationals, thrashed 220-yard (and 200-meter) freestyle in 2:17.7 at Adelaide, to better world marks (Feb. 10); John Monckton, 19-year-old carpenter, had hand in creating three world standards, whipsawing 110-yard (and 100-meter) backstroke in 1:01.5 and teaming up with New South Wales Teammates Terry Gathercote, Brian Wilkinson and John Devitt to clock 4:19.4 for 440-yard medley relay in Australian championships at Melbourne (Feb. 15); transplanted Murray Rose, now USC freshman, dipped into Yale's 25-yard pool at New Haven, hustled 400 meters in 4:20, 440 yards in 4:21.5, fastest ever for distances, but had to be satisfied with U.S. records because world marks must be set in 55-yard pool (Feb. 15). Yale's Joe Koletsky took cue from Rose, set U.S. record of 2:25.2 for 220-yard breaststroke (Feb. 15).
Bob Mitchell, swift-gaited Illinois halfback, scissored over 70-yard low hurdles in 7.7, sliced[1/10] of second off American indoor record at Champaign, Ill. (Feb. 15).
DOG SHOW—CH. PUTTENCOVE PROMISE, Mr. and Mrs. George Putnam's waggish 3-year-old standard poodle, turned serious when chips were down, looked for all world like bundle of white fluff as he showed off his low-set ears, docked tail, darkly animated eyes, muscular hind legs, deep-barreled chest and well-arched toes to win best-in-show at Westminster Kennel Club event in New York (see page 24). Said Scottish-born Handler Bob Gorman: "He's a big clown. He wants to play all the time. He didn't start showing until the end, when the others were letting down."
FIGURE SKATING—CAROL HEISS, pretty Ozone Park, N.Y. miss, pirouetting and gliding gracefully through spectacular freestyle routine, had even critical judges staring with open-eyed amazement as she won third world title at Paris. Crew-cut David Jenkins of Colorado Springs, trailing Californian Tim Brown after compulsory figures, put on dazzling display in free-skating to retain his men's crown.
TRACK & FIELD—RON DELANY, who Usually follows everywhere but at finish, found himself in abhorred, unaccustomed role of pacemaker for indoor season's weirdest mile when lead-shy opponents hung back in tight little group, then turned on famous fast foot in last 100 yards to beat Hungarian Istvan Rozsavolgyi by four yards in slow, "tactical" 4:10 Baxter Mile at NYAC Games in New York and run winning streak to 23. Confident Parry O'Brien, fresh from Germany where he smashed world indoor shot-put record, again bettered listed mark with heave of 61 feet 5 inches. Among other winners: Manhattan's Tom Murphy, who out-kicked Dave Scurlock in brisk 1:52.6 in 880; Duke's Dave Sime, who redeemed dismal Millrose showing with 6.2 victory over Ken Kave in 60-yard dash.
Herb Elliott, Australia's flying teenager, whippeted around freshly mowed and rolled grass track in West Australian championships before thrilled hometown crowd at Perth, was just fast enough to get under four-minute barrier for third straight time, edging chief rival and shadow Merv Lincoln by foot in 3:59.6, fastest ever on turf (see page 25). After race, Coach Percy Cerutty announced that Elliott had been invited to run in U.S. championships at Bakersfield, Calif. June 20, 21, added cautiously: "We are seriously considering accepting."
HORSE RACING—CALUMET'S bristling 3-year-olds were at it again at Hialeah, showing their frisky heels to pack in 1?-mile, $31,550 Everglades Stakes, first major test for Flamingo. Late-running Tim Tarn, choice of Jockey Willie Hartack, paired off with usually front-running Kentucky Pride, ran out on his stablemate in stretch to finish first by 1� length.
Nadir, top 2-year-old of 1957, also bustled into 3-year-old picture at Hialeah, making first start of year a winning one. Shorn of familiar blinkers and shadow roll, Nadir started late, finished early under urging of Hartack in seven-furlong sprint, held firm as top Derby choice.
Round Table, piling up riches faster than most horses can run, dawdled along while others took run at lead, turned it on in stretch to win $56,400 San Antonio Handicap in world-record-equaling 1:46[4/5] for 1? mile, poured $33,300 into Oilman Travis Kerr's bulging pocket, lifted lifetime earnings to $803,264 to move into sixth place (ahead of Native Dancer) among racing's alltime money winners.
BOXING—JOEY GIARDELLO, former tough-guy middleweight who is fighting way back after extracurricular workout on gas station attendant earned him brief incarceration in Pennsylvania pen, outpunched Germany's Franz Szuzina in early rounds, loafed a little in middle sessions, but picked up pace in 10th to win decision at Philadelphia.