While an investigation into the safety of the track was under way, three Italian cyclists—RENATO GALTRUCCO, RENZO COLOMBINI and CARLO CHIONIO—were killed in an accident during a race at Monza, Italy, at almost the same spot where two other riders lost their lives in May.
MOTOR SPORTS—Defending stock car champion DAVID PEARSON made it two straight with a six-car-length victory over Richard Petty in the 15th Firecracker 400 at Daytona Beach. Driving his Woods Brothers Mercury at an average speed of 158.468 mph, Pearson collected $15,150 to boost his career earnings to $969,550.
1972 series winner GEORGE FOLLMER, in a Porsche, overcame a 72-second lead and capitalized on his chief rival's loose gas cap to win the $75,000 Carling Can-Am race by 51.2 seconds at Road Atlanta in Flowery Branch, Ga. He averaged 117.05 mph. Second was Mark Donohue, who had led at the end of the first half of the race—run the previous day—but in the final 50 laps was forced to make two lengthy pit stops because of fuel sloshing in his cockpit and over his coveralls.
Benny Parsons, in a Chevrolet, breezed to a seven-lap victory in the Volunteer 500 Grand National stock-car race in Bristol, Tenn. L. D. Ottinger, also in a Chevy, was second. Parsons, who averaged 91.342 mph for the 500 laps, took the lead when front-runners Cale Yarborough and Bobby Allison collided on the 331st lap.
Harry Ingle won the third leg of the Volkswagen 1973 Gold Cup Series for Super Vees, averaging 98.94 mph in a VW Royale at Gainesville, Ga. Wink Bancroft, in a Lola VW, was second.
ROWING—The U.S. turned in its best overall performance in a decade, with four victories at the Henley Regatta, Henley on Thames, England (page 18).
TENNIS—BILLIE JEAN KING dropped Chris Evert 6-0, 7-5 in the all-U.S. women's finals, and Czechoslovakia's JAN KODES defeated Russia's Alex Metreveli 6-1, 9-8, 6-3 for the men's singles crown at Wimbledon (page 14). King teamed with ROSIE CASALS for the women's doubles, downing Fran�oise Durrand Betty Stove 6-1, 4-6, 7-5, and JIMMY CONNORS and ILIE NASTASE won the men's doubles 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 8-9, 6-1 over John Cooper and Neale Fraser. For her third trophy of the week and the second time she has accomplished the Wimbledon "Grand Slam," Billie Jean and OWEN DAVIDSON, of Australia, won the mixed doubles title 6-3, 6-2 over Raul Ramirez and Janet Newbery.
College teammates met in the finals of the National Amateur Clay Court championships in Chattanooga as PATRICK DUPRE of Stanford downed Jim Delaney also of Stanford 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 for the men's singles crown. When she failed to recover sufficiently from a hip bruise suffered in a minor auto accident, 15-year-old Jeanne Evert, sister of Chris, was forced to default in the women's title finals to JANICE METCALF of the University of Redlands, ( Calif.).
TRACK & FIELD—World 3,000-meter steeplechase record holder BEN JIPCHO became history's second-fastest miler with a 3:52 in an international meet in Stockholm, beating Philbert Bayi of Tasmania, who turned in a 3:52.6 for the fourth-best world mark. Jim Ryun ran the world's two fastest miles, 3:51.1 and 3:51.3, in 1967 and 1966.
East German RENATE STECHER equaled her own world records for the 100 and 200 meters with 10.9 and 22.4, at an international meet in Leipzig.