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HARNESS RACING—TIE SILK ($3.20), runner-up in the 1959 Hambletonian, the $61,196 American National Maturity Trot, by a length over Circo, 1 m. in 2:02[2/5], at Sportsman's Park. Phillipe Dussault, driver.
Adios Butler ($2.80), the $15,000 Handicap Pace, by 2� lengths over Bye Bye Byrd, 1 m. in 1:59[3/5], at Roosevelt Raceway. Eddie Cobb, driver. Bye Bye Byrd's place money raised his lifetime earnings to $400,496, the most ever won by a harness racer.
HORSE RACING—HAIL TO REASON ($4.60) established himself as the top 2-year-old in the East when he romped away from 10 rivals to win the $119,350 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga in track record time (see page 54). Under Bobby Ussery, Hail to Reason covered the 6� furlongs in 1:16, left Bronzerullah 10 lengths behind in second place.
T.V. Lark ($5.20) tied the Arlington Park record when he won the $119,600 American Derby by 3� lengths over New Policy. The 3-year-old colt, ridden by Johnny Sellers, ran the 1? mile in 1:47[1/5], tied the record set by Round Table in 1959.
Rose Bower ($9.40), the $99,500 Princess Pat Stakes, by 2� lengths over Bright Holly, 6 f. in 1:09[4/5], at Arlington Park. John L. Rotz up.
OLYMPICS—ITALY, host country, won the first gold medal of the 1960 Olympics at Rome (see page 14). Under a blinding Roman sun that tagged the upper 90s in the shade—and led to the death of Danish Cyclist Knud Enemark Jensen—an Italian four-man team took the 100-kilometer road trial. Germany got the first silver medal, Russia the first bronze. The U.S. finished 11th out of a field of 35 for one of its best showings ever in Olympic cycling. Italy went on to win two more gold medals, both in cycling, as SANTE GAIAR-DONI took the 1,000-meter time trial and SERGIO BIANCHETTO and GIUSEPPE BEGHETTO won the tandem. In both events Germany again finished second, Russia third.
For most of the world, however, swimming and diving dominated the opening week. INGRID KRAMER, 17, of Dresden, Germany, won a gold medal and broke a U.S. monopoly in the three-meter springboard when she defeated the U.S.'s Paula Jean Myers Pope. It was the U.S.'s first loss in the event since diving was introduced in 1920 at Antwerp. The 100-meter men's freestyle ended in a U.S. protest when Australia's JOHN DEVITT and U.S.'s LANCE LARSON finished within a finger tip of each other. The judges, evenly split on who won, gave first place to Devitt. Times showed Larson the victor. The U.S. protest was rejected, and both swimmers were given an official time of 55.2, an Olympic record. Earlier, a U.S. quartet composed of BOB BENNETT, PAUL HAIT, DAVE GILLANDERS and STEVE CLARK broke the first world record of the Games in a preliminary heat when they swam the 400-meter medley relay in 4:08.2. ANITA LONSBROUGH, Great Britain's first winner, broke her own world record by swimming the 200-meter breast-stroke in 2:49.5, beating Wiltrud Urselmann and Barbara G�bel, both of Germany. U.S. finalists Anne Warner and Patty Kempner were sixth and seventh.
Biggest surprise in the Greco-Roman wrestling came in the second round when Richard Wilson of Toledo held Russia's World Champion Ivan Kochergin to a draw in the flyweight class. In basketball the U.S., as expected, scored easy victories in the early eliminations, but Brazil, unexpectedly, beat Russia, runner-up to U.S. in 1956, 58-54 and received a three-minute standing ovation. The Czech canoe team found itself disqualified in the kayak-singles relay when one paddler capsized, then swam his boat to the next man. Illegal, the officials ruled.