BICYCLING—DUCIEN AIMAR, a 25-year-old French carpenter, won the 53rd Tour de France, covering the grueling 2,641 miles in 117 hours, 34 minutes, 21 seconds. He was just one minute, seven seconds ahead of runner-up Jan Janssen of The Netherlands. Earlier on the homestretch, with only about three days to go, Jacques Anquetil, 32, the nonpareil of bicycle racing, announced. "I'm finished," and dropped out of the race. Anquetil, who has won the Tour five times (more than any other rider), had not wanted to compete this year, but yielded to the urging of fans.
BOATING—ALLAN BROWN, 31, of Miami, drove Broad Jumper, a 28-foot Donzi owned by Bill Wishnick of Scarsdale, N.Y., to victory in offshore powerboat racing's 250-mile Around-Long-Island Marathon in an elapsed time of four hours, 42 minutes, finishing one boat length ahead of Maltese Magnum, driven by Don Aronow, also of Miami (page 16).
The King Olav Cup added a Texas name when ERNEST FAY of Houston sailed his Pride to a win and two seconds in international competition for 5.5-meter yachts near Hank�, Norway.
BOXING—Middleweight Champion EMILE GRIFFITH, the Virgin Islander who doubles as the welterweight titleholder and styles ladies' hats for a New York garment-district firm, outpointed Joey Archer, the Bronx challenger, to retain his title in a 15-rounder in Madison Square Garden (page 14).
Heavyweight veteran EDDIE MACHEN, 34, of Berkeley, Calif., handed 21-year-old Jerry Quarry, from Bellflower, Calif., his first defeat in 21 professional fights (including 10 KOs and three draws) when he won a 10-round unanimous decision at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles.
It was his 38th birthday, and Former Middleweight Champion CARL (Bobo) OLSON of San Francisco celebrated by winning a split decision over Italy's Piero Del Papa, 27-year-old European light heavyweight champion, in a San Francisco 10-rounder. "I hope to get a fight with Torres after a short rest." said Olson. The last time they met, two years ago, current Light Heavyweight Champ Jos� Torres knocked him out in the first round.
Bleeding from cuts over and under his right eye, HORACIO ACCAVALIO, the WBA world flyweight champion from Argentina, fought back in the closing rounds in Buenos Aires to retain his title with a 15-round decision over Hiroyuki Ebihara of Japan.
FENCING—GHERMAN SVESHNIKOV of Russia defeated France's Jean-Claude Magnan, the defending champion, 5-4, to take the world foil championship in Moscow. Teammate ALEXEI NIKANCHIKOV, a 26-year-old Soviet Army officer, won the �p�e title by beating France's Claude Bourquard in a fence-off. Poland's JERZY PAWLOWSKI retained his saber crown, as Tibor Pezsa of Hungary placed second. RUSSIA gained its eighth straight team foil championship, defeating the Hungarian team easily 9-1, but HUNGARY came back to win the saber title with a 9-7 victory over the Soviets. FRANCE then beat the Russians for the �p�e team title.
GOLF—BOBBY NICHOLS took the lead from Jacky Cupit in the third round and held on to win the $100,000 Minnesota Classic in St. Paul by one stroke over John Schlee of Sun City, Ariz., who shot a final round 66. Nichols shot a final 70 for a 14-under-par 270, as Cupit and Terry Dill tied for third with 272s.
Monty Kaser, 24, payroll timekeeper at a Wichita aircraft factory, defeated Dave Ojala, 21, a pharmacy student at the University of Minnesota, 6 and 5 in the final to win the National Public Links Championship in Milwaukee.