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Bob Gutowski, skinny 6-footer from Occidental, moved ever closer to magic 16-foot pole vault, soaring over bar at 15 feet 9� inches for new world record in NCAA meet at Austin, Texas, where college marks also fell to Abilene Christian's swift Bobby Morrow, who clocked 9.3 in heat to equal world record for 100; Fresno State's Ancel Robinson, who also matched world standard of 22.2 in 220-yard low hurdles; California's Don Bowden, 880 winner in 1:47.2; Iowa's Charley Jones, who hustled two miles in 8:57.6; Pacific Lutheran's John Fromm, who hurled javelin 248 feet 1 inch (June 15). But when dust settled, Villanova's Jumbo Jim Elliott had team title safely tucked away, thanks to Ron Delany's 4:06.5 mile and second place behind Bowden in 880 (see page 45).
Russian campaign to accentuate its athletic prowess received boost from heavy-legged Maria Itkina, who set sights on world 400-meter record, hauled down same with :54 clocking at Minsk (June 10).
Gallant Man, Texas Oilman Ralph Lowe's mighty little Irish colt who chased home Iron Liege and Bold Ruler in Kentucky Derby and Wood Memorial, made sure of $113,350 Belmont Stakes (see page 52), running Inside Tract and Bold Ruler into ground as he Streaked 1� miles in 2:26[3/5] for new U.S. mark (June 15).
Llangollen Farm's 6-year-old Porterhouse, dawdling along nine lengths off pace at half-mile pole, suddenly took off under urging of veteran Johnny Longden, hot-hoofed down stretch like runaway locomotive to new world record of 1:02[2/5] for seldom-run 5� furlongs in $23,350 Hollywood Express Handicap at Hollywood Park. His reward: customary squeeze and buss from Owner Mrs. Richard Lunn (June 13).
Roy Harris, strapping heavyweight schoolteacher from Cut and Shoot, Texas, let shifty fourth-ranking Willie Pastrano dance to his heart's content, slowing him up with left hooks and right-hand leads to take 10-round decision at Houston (see page 21).
Tony Anthony, No. 1-ranked light, heavyweight, hardly looked the part against Yvon Durelle, lightly regarded French-Canadian fisherman, retreating and counterpunching listlessly, was lucky to come away with draw in 10-rounder at Detroit. Next day, procrastinating and still-pudgy Light Heavyweight Champion Archie Moore blew in from Germany to meet with IBC boss Jim Norris, talked about defending crown against Sugar Ray Robinson or Durelle, paid almost no attention to NBA suspension or threat by World Committee on Professional Boxing to vacate title unless he meets Anthony by August 30.
Raul (Raton) Macias, bouncy little NBA bantamweight champion, came back from first-round knockdown to batter Dommy Ursua, had challenger helpless when referee halted fight in 11th before 12,224 who poured $86,310 into till at San Francisco.