Ridan, the 4-year-old bay that has earned $635,074, was conspicuously absent from the Widener. He strained an ankle in a race two weeks earlier and was retired to stud at Claiborne Farm, Paris, Ky. TEARSMUNN, ridden by Arch Kingsley, a commercial airline pilot who dieted away 50 pounds to get in shape for the saddle, won the Casanova Cup at Warrenton, Va., the opening event in Virginia's point-to-point season.
SKIING—MIKE ELLIOTT, a hardy competitor from Durango, Colo. covered 30 kilometers in 2:10.10 and then raced through the 15-km. cross-country event in 1:01.9 to win both in the North American Nordic championships at Crested Butte, Colo.
SPEED SKATING—JONNY NILSSON, 19-year-old Swedish engineering student, cut 3.5 seconds off the world 5,000-meter mark when he finished in 7:34.3 at the world championships in Karuizawa, Japan (see page 49). Then he upset Veteran Knut Johannesen of Norway by three-quarters of a lap in the 10,000 meters, setting a world record of 15:33. Nilsson's low overall point score of 178.447 was also a record. Although Russia's Evgeny Grishin took the 500 meters, as he has for seven straight years, Edward Rudolph Jr. of Northbrook, Ill. was barely a blade-length behind. Russia's Lydia Skoblikova swept all four women's events, the first time it has ever been done. She broke her own 1,000-meter record with a time of 1:31.8.
SWIMMING—SATAKO TANAKA, durable 20-year-old Japanese backstroker who has been breaking records for four years, shattered the 200-meter and 220-yard women's world marks in the Australian championships in Perth, lowering her own record by four-tenths of a second. Later she set a world record of 1:10 in the 110-yard event. Teammate Eiko Takahashi cut 1.4 seconds off the women's 220-yard butterfly mark with a clocking of 2:32.2. But it was Aussie Bob Windle who turned in one of swimming's best clutch performances. His trunks slipped down during the 1,650-yard men's freestyle. He stopped, made emergency repairs, then kept swimming and tugging—-and won.
TRACK & FIELD—THE NATIONAL AAU indoor championships in New York had everyone winning who was expected to, except one. Finland's world record holder, thick-waisted Pentti Nikula. lost his snap in the pole vault at 15 feet. Dave Tork went on to clear a scanty 15 feet 6 inches and win, beating a field that included four vaulters who had at one time topped 16 feet but couldn't get close to it at Madison Square Garden. Jim Beatty caused the most commotion by trying the first front-running mile of his career. With Coach Mihaly Igloi ill back in California, Beatty planned his strategy for himself, shot in front of the field at the start, blistered through the first quarter (58.2) and the second (1:58.8). But not pressed—and a bit pooped—he slowed to finish in 3:59, his third best indoor mark. Russia's graceful Valeri Brumel floated over the bar at 7 feet 3� inches (rival John Thomas stopped at 7 feet), and handsome Igor Ter-Ovanesyan again beat Ralph Boston, this time with a meet-record jump of 26 feet 6� inches. Bunched in the pack for much of the 1,000-meter run, bespectacled Bill Crothers of Toronto had to go to the outside, but won going away in a swift 2:09.8. Lieut. Jack Yerman, on the eve of leaving the Army, took the 600 in a strong closing rush, then announced his retirement. Gary Gubner won the shotput with a 62-foot 8�-inch hoist and Hayes Jones easily took the 60-yard hurdles, his 42nd indoor victory in a row.
MILEPOSTS—REAPPOINTED: LAWRENCE B. SHEPPARD. 64. owner of famed Hanover Shoe Farms; as chairman of the Pennsylvania State Harness Racing Commission, by Republican Governor William Scranton. Outspoken but also out-maneuvered, he had fought unsuccessfully for tight controls in harness racing under the state's former Democratic administration (SI, June 5, 1961), may fare better now, since Scranton bounced a Democrat off the three-man commission.
RETIRED: MARGARET VARNER, 35, four-time national women's squash champion: after 20 title-filled years of playing tournament squash, tennis and badminton, because, as she gasped after losing an exhausting squash match, she was "too tired."
RESTING: PETER SNELL, 24; for two months on doctor's orders when, after running one of his sub-four-minute miles in New Zealand, he became ill.
INJURED: TOMMY LITZ, 17, of Hershey, Pa., who twirled his way to the U.S. figure skating championship last month, twisted his ankle while posturing for cameras, may be out of this week's world title meet at Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy.
DIED: FRANK VESSELS SR., 64, onetime oil field roustabout who hit a gusher of his own, parlayed it and his Los Alamitos, Calif., ranch into the multimillion-dollar world capital of quarter-horse racing and staged California's richest race ($200,000 Los Alamitos Futurity in December); of a heart attack, in Tulsa.