University of Texas foursome of Wally Wilson, Eddie Southern, Hollis Gainey and Bobby Whilden snapped off precision 440-yard relay in world record time of 39.9, bested Texas' own year-old mark by .2 in Kansas Relays at Lawrence (April 20).
Gert Potgieter, South Africa's youthful Olympian, bounded hard and fast over seldom-run 440-yard hurdles, set new world record of 50.8, slicing half-second off three-year-old mark, at Queenstown (April 20).
Willie Atterberry, 23-year-old Michigan State freshman, buzzed through 600-yard run in 1:08.5, lopped over half-second off Ben Eastmen's 24-year-old American record in Ohio Relays, at Columbus (April 20).
Quartet of American water babies led feminine assault on swim records in National Women's Indoor Championships at Beverly Hills, Calif., cracked three world, three U.S. marks. Freckle-faced Sylvia Ruuska, 14, of Berkeley, stroked to world record of 5:08 in 400-yard medley heat (April 16), came back strong to win 500-yard freestyle in U.S. record time of 5:47.8 (April 17); Carin Cone, 17, shapely Olympic silver medalist from New Jersey, set world standard of 1:03.8 in 100-yard backstroke (April 18) after setting national mark of 2:25.2 in winning 200-yard backstroke (April 16). Chris von Saltza, 13, of Santa Clara, Calif., clocked U.S. record of 2:42.9 on way to close win over Miss Ruuska in 250-yard freestyle (April 18); Nancy Ramey (see page 32) twice established world records in 100-yard butterfly (April 18).
Wheatley Stable's Bold Ruler staged furious drive for Jockey Eddie Arcaro over last quarter mile, edged Gallant Man by nose in $59,400 Wood Memorial at Jamaica, set track mark of 1:48 4/5 for nine furlongs in warmup for May 4th Kentucky Derby (see below).
Iron Liege, No. 2 colt in powerful Calumet Farm string, showed his speed in one-length victory over Cain Hoy's One-Eyed King, stablemate Gen. Duke in special seven-furlong race at Keeneland, equaled track mark of 1:22 2/5 for distance (see below).
Gene Littler, 26-year-old former National Amateur champion from San Diego, inspired by record Calcutta of $265,650, first-place money of $10,000, found sudden cure for long slump, shot four-round 285 to win Las Vegas Tournament of Champions for third straight year, by three strokes. Winner's Calcutta backer, Singer Frankie Laine, picked up $95,634 for $15,500 investment, brought three-year Las Vegas earnings on Littler to $192,654. Cary Middlecoff, who sold to Funnyman Bob Hope for top bid of $21,000, finished in three-way tie for 11th with 293.
Spider Webb, favored by odds that zoomed to 7 to 1 at ringside, took stiff punishment from hard-pressing, left-hooking Randy Sandy, but held on to squeeze out close decision, 20th straight win in bloody, 10-round middleweight bout at Chicago.