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SPEED SKATING—In Inzell, Germany 15-year-old ANNE HENNING of Northbrook, Ill. equaled the women's 500-meter world record of 43.2. Miss Henning tied Tatjana Sidorova's record established in January 1970. Ruth Schleiermacher of East Germany was second in 44.0.
SWIMMING—JOHN KINSELLA of Indiana University, winner of the AAU's John E. Sullivan Award as the outstanding amateur athlete in the U.S. last year, broke the NCAA 500-yard freestyle record in Bloomington, Ind. by clocking a 4:31.8, five-tenths of a second better than his old mark.
TENNIS—JOHN NEWCOMBE won the $62,500 Philadelphia International Indoor title (page 59), snapping fellow Australian Rod Laver's 17-match winning streak 7-6, 7-6, 6-4. In the women's final No. 2 seeded ROSIE CASALS defeated Fran�oise D�rr of France 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.
TRACK & FIELD—At the Los Angeles Times Indoor Games KJELL ISAKSSON of Sweden set a world indoor record in the pole vault with a mark of 17'7�", bettering the standard of 17'7". MEL PENDER, who later in the week tied his indoor mark of 6.8 in the 70-yard dash, edged Jean-Louis Ravelomanantsoa of Westmont ( Calif.) College in the 60-yard dash, a 10th of a second off the world record. Both runners were timed in 6.0 seconds. HENRYK SZORDYKOWSKI of Poland and JOHN MASON tied in the mile run as they were timed in 3:58.9. RANDY MATSON bested Al Feuerbach to make it five out of six in their continuing duel with a toss of 67'11�" in the shotput. In the U.S. Track and Field Federation's national indoor championships at the Astrodome, Marty Liquori, who, the next night, clocked a 3:57.2 open mile, did a 3:57.4 one-mile anchor leg to help VILLANOVA run the fastest distance medley ever—indoors or outdoors. The 9:31.5 time cannot be recognized as an indoor record because it occurred on an oversized, five-laps-to-the-mile banked track. The UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN'S two-mile relay team was timed in 7:19.8 to establish a new world indoor mark, but also on the oversized track. CHRISTA MERTEN of West Germany set a world indoor record for the women's 1,500 meters in 4:17.9, and her teammate HAROLD NORPOTH turned in a world indoor record for the men's 1,500 with a 3:37.8. Both marks came in a meet against Spain in West Berlin. At the East German indoor championships in East Berlin, RENATE STECHER-MEISSNER tied the 50-meter-dash world record with a 6.0 clocking. ANNELIE EHRHARDT-JAHNS equaled the women's 50-meter record of 6.8.
WEIGHT LIFTING—Super Heavyweight VASSILI ALEXZIEV established three new world records on the same day at an international meet in Paris by lifting 489� pounds in the press, snatching 390� pounds and jerking 506 pounds. Fellow Russians added record-breaking performances of their own. Heavyweight YAN TALTS pressed 446[3/5] pounds; GHENNADY IVANTECHENKO lifted 335� pounds in the snatch and VASSILI KOLOTOV lifted a total of 1,188 pounds in the snatch, press and clean and jerk, both in the light-heavyweight division. Bulgarian LADEV KUTCHEV set a lightweight world record by pressing 332 pounds.
ELECTED: SATCHEL PAIGE, legendary pitcher in the old Negro leagues before joining the Cleveland Indians in 1948, to a special nonmember status in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Paige is the first player selected to enter the special exhibit that will be housed in a separate wing of the building.
REINSTATED: As independent players rather than contract pros: BILLIE JEAN KING, NANCY RICHEY GUNTER, MARY ANN CURTIS, ROSEMARY CASALS, PEACHES BARTKOWICZ, DENISE CARTER and KRISTY PIGEON; by the USLTA.