Credit Klim, Not Thorpe
Michael Klim must be a real team player, considering that he kept his mouth shut when almost all the credit for the Aussies' winning the men's 4x100 swimming relay at the Olympics was given to Ian Thorpe (Fast Lanes, Sept. 25). Leigh Montville referred to Thorpe's relay effort as "his showcase." If it hadn't been for Klim's world-record-setting first leg, the Aussies could have lost that race, instead of winning by .19 of a second. Looking at race results by leg, each Aussie swimmer after Klim lost to his U.S. rival, including Thorpe, who fell to Gary Hall Jr. Thorpe is a great swimmer, but please give credit where it's due.
BILL DOUCET, Pasadena, Md.
HOW CAN Peter King say that Desmond Howard is the best return man in NFL history (INSIDE THE NFL, Sept. 25)? Has he forgotten the great Gale Sayers (above)? Sayers has a career punt return average of 14.5 yards and a career kickoff return average of 30.56 yards. The latter still ranks No. I in the NFL.
MIKE ELMORE, Clarksville, Tenn.