BICYCLING—EDDY MERCK, of Belgium won the world amateur road championship in Sallanches, France by covering the twisting 115-mile course in 4:39.10, for an average speed of 24.73 mph.
BOATING—The New York Yacht Club picked CONSTELLATION as the 19th defender of the America's Cup, and the Royal Thames Yacht Club chose SOVEREIGN as its challenger for next week's series at Newport, R.I. (see page 18).
With his 20-year-old son crewing for him, DON EDLER, a 41-year-old manufacturer of missile parts from Newport Harbor, Calif., defeated defending champ Joe Duplin over Duplin's home course off Winthrop, Mass., plus 53 other top Star skippers, to win his first Star class world title.
Mrs. Jane Pegel steered a zippy Melges scow through a stiff seven-race series on her home waters of Lake Geneva, Wis. to beat seven other lady skippers for the coveted Adams Cup, the North American women's sailing championship. It was the second time in eight years that Mrs. Pegel had won the cup.
BOXING—In Miami Beach, JOSE TORRES, the seventh-ranked middleweight, lasted through a seesaw match against surprisingly hard-punching Gomeo Brennan for a split decision.
GOLF—Burly HOMERO BLANCAS, the former University of Houston golf star who is now in the U.S. Army, stroked a 10-under-par 278 for 72 holes over the Fort Benning, Ga. course to win the Inter-service Golf Championship. His score tied the tournament record.
HARNESS RACING—Little AYRES took three faltering steps at the start of The Hambletonian's two mile heats, but did not make another false move as Driver Johnny Simpson Sr. urged Mrs. Charlotte N. Sheppard's 3-year-old to a record win in Du Quoin, Ill. (see page 54).
HORSE RACING—Briardale Farm's TOSMAH ($3.50), Sammy Boulmetis up, won the $29,200 Maskette Handicap at Aqueduct by six lengths over Old Hat and boosted her earnings for the year to $202,361.
SOFTBALL—LIND FLORISTS of Portland, Ore., which had lost the final game of the Women's World Championship (fast pitch) three times in the past five years to the Raybestos Brakettes of Stratford, Conn., finally won the title by upsetting the Brakettes 1-0 in Orlando, Fla.
SWIMMING—During the six-day Olympic trials in the huge, 100-meter pool in Astoria, Queens, five world and seven American records were toppled. "The competition was so tough," said one swimmer, "that the Olympics will be a breeze." The toughest competitor was 19-year-old ROY SAARI, who swished through the 1,500-meter freestyle in a world-record-shattering 16:58.7 (see page 58). Other outstanding performers were CHET JASTREMSKI, who broke his own world record in the 200-meter breaststroke with a 2:28.2 clocking in a heat, and THOMPSON MANN, who first equaled the world mark of 1:00.9 in the 100-meter backstroke in a morning heat, and in the final later in the day broke the record when he breezed through the course in one minute flat. In the women's events husky MARILYN RAMENOFSKY set a world record (4:39.5) in the 400-meter freestyle final; DONNA de VARONA lowered the 400-meter individual-medley world time to 5:14.9; and blonde SHARON STOUDER bettered the listed mark for the 100-meter butterfly with a 1:05.7, although she has better times pending. The U.S. Olympic swimming team will be: