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BICYCLING—BERNARD THEVENET became the first Frenchman in eight years to win the Tour de France. After 23 days and 2,485 miles, Th�venet's winning margin was 2:47 over world champion and five-time Tour winner Eddy Merckx of Belgium.
BOATING—For the second time in a row, CHUTZPAH, a 35-foot Class D sloop, owned and skippered by Stuart Cowan of Honolulu, was named the overall winner in the 2,225-mile Trans-Pacific yacht race from Los Angeles to Honolulu. Over-the-line honors went to 62-foot RAGTIME, which had an elapsed time of nine days, 23 hours, 54 minutes and 51 seconds.
BOXING—Twenty-three-year-old SHENGSAK MUANGSURIN of Thailand, taking part in only his third pro fight, won the WBC junior welterweight title, defeating Pedro Fernandez of Spain with an eighth-round TKO, in Bangkok.
DIVING—IRINA KALININA of the Soviet Union captured the first gold medal awarded at the World Aquatics Championships in Cali, Colombia, winning the women's springboard diving with 489.81 points. Teammate Tatiana Volynkina was second with 473.37, and Christine Loock of Fort Worth took the bronze medal with 466.92.
GOLF—Leading money-winner SANDRA PALMER shot a final-round par 72 for a 295 total to win the $55,000 U.S. Women's Open by four strokes over amateur Nancy Lopez and two others at Northfield, N.J. Palmer picked up $8,044, to bring her 1975 earnings to $64,932 (page 44).
Roger Maltbie became the first rookie in seven years to win back-to-back tournaments when he roared past eight players with a final-round five-under-par 66 and a 276 total to win the $200,000 Pleasant Valley Classic by one stroke over Mac MacLendon in Sutton, Mass. Maltbie, who won the Quad Cities Open last week, collected $40,000.
HORSE RACING—Surpassing the $l-million mark in earnings, 5-year-old FOREGO ($3.20), ridden by Heliodoro Gustines, came from behind to beat Arbees Boy by a head in the 1�-mile, $111,400 Suburban Handicap at Belmont. Forego, who carried 134 pounds (16 more than any of the other six entries), was timed in 2:27[4/5].