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Tom Courtney, another of touring U.S. track stars (see above), staged bristling repeat of his Olympic 800-meter victory, outrunning Britain's Derek Johnson and Norway's Auden Boysen in 1:45.8 at Oslo, just [1/10] of second off world record but fast enough for new American mark (Aug. 9).
Ozark Chief, fast-stepping 5-year-old bay owned by Victor and Morris Zeinfeld of May wood, Ill., pulled Driver Jim Dennis to victory in $7,500 Alyne Whalen free-for-all at spanking-new Roosevelt Raceway, Westbury, N.Y., pacing off mile in 1:59[4/5], fastest ever for aged gelding on half-mile track (Aug. 9).
TRACK AND FIELD
Four-minute mile, once impervious to all assaults but now almost as commonplace as coffee for breakfast, took another trouncing on swift European tracks. England's Derek Ibbotson, who set world record of 3:57.2 July 19, buzzed around circuit at Naantali, Finland in 3:58.7, carrying Olavi Vuorisalo to 3:59.1, while Sweden's Dan Waern posted his second under-four-minute effort, kicking off 3:59.7 at Malm�.
Igor Kashkarov, one of Russia's two kangaroo-legged high jumpers (the other: Yury Stepanov, who soared 7 feet one inch for world record last month). kicked his heels over bar at 7 feet � inch in meet against Has! German athletes at Moscow's Red Banner factory, may well be next to break world mark.