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August 20, 1962
AUTO RACING—NATHAN OSTICH, 52, became one of the only men who has ever walked away after a 331-mph automobile skid. The Los Angeles doctor calmly popped the parachute brake on his jet-powered racer when it threw a wheel across the Bonneville Salt Flats, and rolled to a safe stop. The accident happened during his 13th trial run, forcing him to give up, for a while, his attempt to break the 394.2 mph world land speed mark.
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August 20, 1962

A Roundup Of The Sports Information Of The Week

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SHOOTING—BARNEY HARTMAN, RCAF squadron leader, shot 550 times in the world skeet championships at St. Janvier, Que. and missed only four times to win the all-round title. He was wild on three targets in the demanding .410-gauge and one in the 20-gauge, but had perfect scores in both the 28-and 12-gauge events.

Tommy G. Pool of Fort Benning, Ga., an Army captain with a disposition for exactness, was named the national small-bore rifle position champion at Camp Perry, Ohio, but only after he had politely asked officials for a recount. Apparently tied with Army 1st Lieut. Presley W. Kendall at 1,558 out of a possible 1,600 points. Pool emerged victorious when the retally showed he had a slim three-point edge in the deciding offhand position test. Kendall won the prone title with 4,793 out of 4,800 points.

SOCCER—DUKLA OF CZECHOSLOVAKIA successfully defended its American Challenge Cup, which it won last year, against America of Brazil, the recent winners of the International Soccer League title. The first of the two-game series ended with a 1-1 tie in Chicago. Then in New York's Downing Stadium the Dukla team, well-manned with six World Cup veterans, scored the deciding goal in the second half for a 2-1 victory.

SWIMMING—TOM STOCK, at 20, was one of the oldest of the flailing young men who smashed five world records and tied one in the AAU national outdoor championships in Cuyahoga falls, Ohio (see page 59). Stock, a junior at Indiana University, splashed through the 100-meter backstroke in 1:01 and the 200 in 2:10.9, then joined Chet Jastremski, Fred Schmidt and Peter Sintz for an assault on the 400-meter medley relay mark, which they lowered to 4:01.6. Seventeen-year-old Carl Robie churned through an early heat in the 200-meter butterfly in a gasping 2:12.4, said, "I can do better," and churned through the pool again in 2:10.8. Both broke the world mark. It was only after he had smashed the listed record for the 400-meter individual medley with a time of 4:51.5 that Ted Stickles announced he was headed for the hospital to have a splintered elbow repaired. Freestyler Don Schollander, 16. tied the 200-meter mark and Murray Rose, one of the old men at 23, proved he is not ready to be pensioned off just yet as he set two new American freestyle records: 4:17.2 for the 400 and 17:16.7 in the 1,500 meters. The Indianapolis AC brought home its seventh AAU championship, collecting a staggering 124-point total to runner-up Santa Clara's 35�. The visiting Japanese and West German teams got experience in the choppy Waterworks Pool, but little else.

TENNIS—FRED STOLLE, one of a swarm of Australians who collect U.S. titles, added another one with a three-set sweep (7-5, 6-2, 8-6) over Whitney Reed in the Southampton, N.Y. grass-court tournament. His unerring service completely undid Reed, the No. 1 U.S. player who has had trouble reaching even the semifinals of a tournament this year. In fact,. Reed just squeezed by India's Jaidip Mukerjea in this one.

TRACK & FIELD—PYOTR BOLOTNIKOV, 32-year-old Soviet distance runner who has run farther than most men ever walk, broke his own 10,000-meter world mark by .6 second at an all-Soviet meet in Moscow. His time was 28:18.2.

Jim Beatty, the Los Angeles loper now on tour in Scandinavia, got hot in the cool Norwegian summer to better his own American 1,500-meter record by .8 second, finishing in 3:39.4, in Oslo.

MILEPOSTS—DIED: MAT MANN II, 77, for 28 years the widely-respected swimming coach at the University of Michigan. He molded one of the nation's top swimming powers there, collecting 16 Big Ten titles and 13 NCAA championships, before coaching eight years at Oklahoma, which never lost a Big Eight championship under his direction. He was the 1952 Olympic coach. He suffered a heart attack after a swim at his summer camp in Burks Falls, Ont.

DIED: ARCHIE COMPSTON, 69, outspoken former British professional golf champion who taught such notables as the Duke of Windsor and whose big day of fame came in April 1928 when he beat Walter Hagen in Hertfordshire, England at a highly publicized, $3,500 challenge match; in London.

DIED: ROBERT L. (DINK) TEMPLETON, 65, track and field coach at Stanford University from his graduation there in 1921 until 1939, during which time he developed the all-out method of training that was condemned as too harsh then, but has since become standard technique; in Palo Alto, Calif.

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