HORSE RACING—FORWARD GAL ($7.20), ridden by Mike Hole, won the $56,200 Gazelle Handicap at New York's Belmont Park by three lengths over Our Cheri Amour.
MODERN PENTATHLON—Army Captain CHUCK RICHARDS of Tacoma, Wash. did not win a single event but totaled 4,809 points to retain his title in the national championships at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
SWIMMING—HANS FASSNACHT of West Germany set a world record for the 200-meter butterfly with a 2:03.3 clocking in Landskrona, Sweden.
The U.S. won 24 of 28 events in a dual meet with East Germany in Leipzig as three world records were broken. ROLAND MATTHES of East Germany lowered his 200-meter backstroke mark with a 2:05.6 while MARK SPITZ bettered Don Schollander's three-year-old record in the 200-meter freestyle by .1 second with a 1:54.2. With Spitz swimming the butterfly leg, the U.S. 400-meter medley team set a record of 3:50.4 in beating the same East German team that held the old mark.
TRACK & FIELD—ILONA GUSENBAUER of Austria bettered the 10-year-old women's world high jump record (the oldest track mark in the world) of Rumania's Yolanda Balas by a quarter of an inch with a leap of 6'3�" in Vienna, and Russia's FAINA MYELNIK increased her world discus record by 2'�" with a 212'9�" heave in Munich.
The men's world hammer throw record was also broken when WALTER SCHMIDT of West Germany reached 250'7.93" in Lahr, West Germany.
Adrienne Beames of Australia claimed the fastest women's marathon ever, running a 2:46.30 in Werribee, Australia.
WRESTLING—DAN GABLE of the U.S. won the lightweight title at the World Amateur Freestyle championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. Two other Americans won medals as the U.S. finished a surprisingly strong sixth in the 13-nation tournament. DON BEHM of Lansing, Mich. finished second in the bantamweight division and RUSS HELLICKSON of Madison, Wis. earned a bronze medal in the light heavyweight class. The U.S.S.R., led by ALEXANDER MEDVED's victory in the superheavyweight division, dominated the competition as expected, winning five gold medals in the 10 weight classes for 42.5 points. Bulgaria finished second with one gold medal and 31 points.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: TOM MESCHERY, 32, a poetry-writing, 10-year veteran forward of the NBA who was a player-coach with Seattle last season, to be head coach of the ABA's Carolina Cougars.
RETIRED: GINO CAPPELLETTI, 37, alltime scoring leader of the old American Football League. Cappelletti, who played 11 seasons and was the last of the original Boston Patriots, gained 4,575 yards and scored 42 touchdowns as a pass receiver and added 878 points booting field goals and extra points for a career total of 1,130 points.