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Hawaii ($5), a South African entry in the $57,600 Stars and Stripes Handicap at Arlington Park, survived a foul claim to gain his second victory in three American starts and $35,100 for his owner, Cragwood Stable.
MOTOR SPORTS—LEE ROY YARBROUGH slipped his white Ford Talladega past Buddy Baker's red Dodge Charger with 17 laps to go in Daytona's 160-lap Firecracker 400 and beat Baker by just .9 second in one of the season's most exciting finishes. Yarbrough averaged 160.875 mph for the 400 miles and earned $22,175, which made him NASCAR's leading money winner with a total of $120,315.
In the French Grand Prix at Clermont-Ferrand, Scotland's JACKIE STEWART won his fourth world-championship victory in five races this year and not only became a near cinch for the 1969 title but also moved closer to his goal of equaling or breaking the late Jim Clark's 1963 record of seven wins in a season.
ROWING—EAST GERMANY held its lead against a late challenge by the University of Pennsylvania varsity eight and won the mile-and-550-yard Grand Challenge Cup, the premier event of the Royal Henley Regatta. HOLLAND won three races: the Stewards Challenge Cup, coxed fours and the ladies eights, and in the schoolboy eights, Washington-Lee High School of Arlington, Va. defeated Britain's Emanuel School for the only United States victory.
TENNIS—Australia's magical little lefthander, ROD LAVER, made it 4 for 4 at Wimbledon with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 victory over his tall, dark, handsome countryman, John Newcombe (page 50). Ron had won the singles in 1961 and 1962, then turned pro and could not return until Wimbledon went open last year. Already the Australian and French champion, Laver will be favored to win at Forest Hills in September and thus repeat his Grand Slam of 1962. In the women's final Billie Jean King lost her bid for a fourth straight Wimbledon singles title to another lefthander, England's ANN JONES, the perennial center-court bridesmaid, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. She is the first Briton to win since 1961. The men's doubles championship went to NEWCOMBE and TONY ROCHE, the women's doubles to MARGARET COURT and JUDY TEGART, the mixed doubles to FRED STOLLE and MRS. JONES and the senior doubles to those durable former singles champions, VIC SEIXAS and JAROSLAV DROBNY.
Meeting at London, the Davis Cup nations voted 21-19 not to open play to professionals (That decision "makes no sense at all," said America's Arthur Ashe) and talked but did not vote on the question of whether South Africa should be barred from Davis Cup participation because of its racial policies.
TRACK & FIELD—National records fell in the AAU women's and girls' championships at Dayton: to TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY with a 1:42.4 in the 880 medley relay; ELEANOR MONTGOMERY of Tennessee State with a high jump of 5'11". In the girls' division Philadelphia's SHARLENE JOHNSON, 10.5 in the 100; FRANCIE LARRIEU, Sunnyvale, Calif., 2:10.6 in the 880; the ATOMS TRACK CLUB of Brooklyn, N.Y., 1:38.8 in the 880 relay, and LINDA LANGFORD of San Jose, Calif., 155 feet in the discus.
At an international meet in Milan, Italy's PAOLA PIGNI, 23, ran to a new women's world record of 4:12.4 in the 1,500 meters. In Paris the French women's 1,600-meter relay team set a world record of 3:34.2 in a dual meet with Poland.