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George Breen, muscular Buffalo, N.Y. distance swimmer, played beat the clock in impressive style, paddling up and down Yale's 50-meter pool at terrific clip to set world record of 19:22 for mile, along way picked up American marks of 11:55.9 for 1,000 meters and 10:52.6 for 1,000 yards (Sept. 14).
Japan's Takashi Ishimoto, who has made world 100-meter butterfly standard his personal prize, broke it for ninth time since June when he covered distance in 1:01 at Kochi (Sept. 14).
Hank Vogel of Webster, N.Y. and Ray Lynn of Philadelphia bounced to world speedboat, records in New Martinsville (W. Va.) Regatta over windswept Ohio River. Vogel gunned his flame-red My Sin III at 80.573 mph in 225 hydro class; Lynn skipped Alley-Cat at 73.952 mph in 280 hydro class (Sept. 15).
Round Table, Oilman Travis Kerr's contender for 3-year-old honors, gave Easterners glimpse of what Californians have been raving about, gamely outlasting Tudor Era and Find to push his nose in front at wire in spine-tingling $100,000 United Nations Handicap at Atlantic City (see page 18).
Bold Ruler, returning to his trade for first time since Belmont Stakes, snuggled back into 3-year-old picture with pair of eye openers at Belmont. Wheatley Stable's frisky colt never looked better as he began week by stepping off six furlongs in 1:10 1/5 to win $15,000 Times Square Handicap, ended it by hoofing mile in 1:35 to take $29,000 Jerome Handicap. Explained Jockey Eddie Arcaro: "He's a different colt. He has lost all those goofy habits and takes off just when you ask him."
Needles, mean but talented Florida-bred colt who had Thoroughbred world in hip pocket as 2-year-old and 3-year-old but has been ailing since he won at Gulfstream last April 6, has been retired, will live out his old age at stud, possibly ruminating on 1956 victories in Flamingo, Florida Derby, Kentucky Derby and Belmont and $600,355 he earned for Owners Jack Dudley and Bonnie Heath.