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Mary Kok, broad-shouldered 15-year-old schoolgirl, led latest Dutch assault on world swimming records, powered her way to pair of new marks in international meet at Isleworth, England. Speedy Mary covered 440-yard freestyle in 5:07.2 (Dec. 9), next day zipped through 400-yard individual medley in 5:10.5. Dutch women's relay team also chipped in with record performance, was clocked in 4:30.2 for 400-yard medley event (Dec. 9).
Liborio Guidotti, daring Italian champion, zoomed his Maserati-powered Timossi at average speed of 117.5 mph in two trial runs over Italy's Sabaudia Lake to break own standard for inboard motorboats up to 1,100 pounds (Dec. 7).
Dr. J. P. Hunter, Wetumpka, Ala. dentist and vice president of Alabama Pigeon Fanciers Club, greeted one of his homing pigeons after 1,000-mile flight from Windsor, Ont. to Wetumpka, promptly claimed long-distance record, rewarded tattered and worn-out bird by renaming it "The Duke of Windsor."
Sugar Ray Robinson , who defied all advice to make comeback, called on oldtime skill for one more fling, made 3-to-1 odds look ridiculous as he caught careless Bobo Olson with his guard down, hammered away with solid two-fisted barrage to knock out stunned rival in second round at Chicago, regained middleweight championship for second time (see page 36).
Floyd Patterson , hailed as possible successor to Heavyweight Champion Rocky Marciano someday, got little chance to look his best against reluctant in-and-outer Jimmy Slade, who bobbed, weaved, slipped and just plain ran until floored by right in fifth. Disgusted referee finally came to Slade's assistance, stopped fight in seventh round at Los Angeles.
Bob Baker and Nino Valdes, heavyweights rated No. 2 and No. 3 respectively, put on boring exhibition at Cleveland, practically eliminated themselves as contenders as Baker was awarded 10-round decision before 8,380 catcalling fans.
Cherif Hamia , French featherweight titleholder from Algeria, showed little regard for his good friend and countryman World Bantamweight Champion Robert Cohen, knocked him down with right-hand blows in second and seventh rounds, won by TKO in 10th of nontitle bout at Paris.