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September 11, 1961
BICYCLE RACING—In a rain-soaked final, JIM ROSSI of Chicago won his third consecutive National Championship, in Milwaukee. Jackie Simes of Westwood, N.J., two points behind Rossi's 17, was second. EDITH JOHNSON of Buffalo also successfully defended her woman's title by taking two out of the three races. ALLEN GRIECO, 15, of Hackensack, N.J. won the junior title.
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September 11, 1961

A Roundup Of The Sports Information Of The Week

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BICYCLE RACING—In a rain-soaked final, JIM ROSSI of Chicago won his third consecutive National Championship, in Milwaukee. Jackie Simes of Westwood, N.J., two points behind Rossi's 17, was second. EDITH JOHNSON of Buffalo also successfully defended her woman's title by taking two out of the three races. ALLEN GRIECO, 15, of Hackensack, N.J. won the junior title.

BOATING—STEVEN WALES, 17, representing the Pleon YC of Marblehead, Mass., and his crew of Tex Mason and Lee Harris, a 15-year-old girl, sailed off with the North American junior sailing championship and the Sears Cup in St. Petersburg Fla. Wales collected 54� points in eight races (three firsts, three seconds, a third and a sixth place), 3� points over Newport Harbor ( Calif.) YC.

Timothea Schneider, 20, a naval architecture student at the University of Michigan and member of the Seawanhaka Corinthian YC in Oyster Bay, N.Y., took the women's national sailing championship and the Adams Trophy at Newport Beach, Calif. With her crew of Deborah Read and Sarah Glenn, Timothea collected 49� points in eight races (three firsts, two seconds, a fourth, fifth and seventh place) to edge out Ruth Haskell of Newport Harbor ( Calif.) YC, with 48� points.

Bill Muncy, driving the 2,000-hp hydroplane CENTURY 21 (the former Miss Thriftway), placed second in all three of his heats but collected enough points (900) to beat Miss U.S. I (800 points) and take (he Gold Cup back to Seattle from Reno's Pyramid Lake. For Muncy, who won in 1956 and 1957. it was his third cup. During earlier heats both Miss Reno, the defending champion, and Miss Spokane flipped over. While both drivers—Colonel Russ Schleeh and Rex Manchester—were not seriously hurt. Miss Spokane sank in 150 feet of water.

BOXING—HAROLD JOHNSON, in a fast-paced 15-rounder that saw few solid punches landed by either fighter, retained his NBA light-heavyweight title by a split decision over Eddie Cotton, in Seattle.

Carlos Ortiz of New York, second-ranked lightweight, took a 10-round decision over third-ranked Douglas Vaillant of Cuba as he concentrated on the mid-section, at Miami Beach. Ortiz, who next hopes for a shot at Champion Joe Brown, has 33 victories and four losses.

CANOE SAILING—ALAN EMUS, 31, of England won four of five races over a 9�-mile course between the Isle of Wight and England to capture the British-dominated world championships. Emus won the final race in a speedy 2:15:53. Best of the overseas entries was Lou Whitman, a 55-year-old Brooklyn printer, who finished eighth in 2:24:31.

GOLF—In two days of play in Seattle the U.S. defeated England 11 matches to one to win the Walker Cup for the eighth consecutive time (see page 24). The only Englishman to win was Martin Christmas, 21, youngest member of the British team, who beat Charles Smith 3 and 2. U.S. National Champion Deane Beman defeated Britain's National Winner Mike Bonnallack 3 and 2, while Jack Nicklaus easily won over three-time British Amateur Champion Joe Carr 6 and 4.

HARNESS RACING—HARLAN DEAN, after edging out Matastar in the last 30 yards of the first mile race, won the $131,573.01 Hambletonian at the Illinois Du Quoin State Fair Grounds, came back to take the second heat by a more comfortable 2� lengths over Caleb, the prerace favorite (see page 22). Jimmy Arthur was in the sulky for both races. Trotting in a 92� heat, the Keystone Stable colt set a handful of records, among them a world record of 3:57 2/5 for the two heats, as well as the fastest mile ever trotted by a 3-year-old: 1:58 2/5.

Sweet Miriam ($3.30) moved into the lead at the head of the stretch and put on a driving finish to win the $45,470 Bronx Filly Pace at Yonkers by 1� lengths over Miss Blue Jay. The 3-year-old bay, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Howard Warshaw and driven by Frank Darish, paced the 1 1/16 miles in 2:11.

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