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Cyrus Hopkins, Michigan's Big Ten champion, George Breen, strong-armed freestyler from Buffalo, N.Y. and Al Wiggins, former Ohio State star, churned up record-breaking swell in senior AAU championships at Philadelphia's John B. Kelly Pool (Aug. 2-3-4). Hopkins hustled through 200-meter breaststroke in 2:43.2 in preliminary for U.S. record (but could do no better than third behind Cuba's Manuel Sanguily in final); Breen had things his own way in 1,500-meter freestyle, thrashing distance in 18:17.9, to better own American citizens' standard; Wiggins swooshed 100-meter butterfly in 1:02.8 for U.S. mark.
Ada Den Haan, sprightly Dutch nixie, spread water swiftly and surely at Amsterdam, breaststroked 200 meters in 2:51.3 to break world mark (2:52.6) she set less than three months ago (Aug. 4).
Vladimir Sapumov, 20-year-old Soviet sharpshooter, drew bead on target with small-bore rifle, hit bull's-eye 389 times in 400 shots at 50 meters at Lvov, promptly claimed world record (Aug. 4).
TRACK AND FIELD
British, who have won only twice since Ryder Cup series began in 1929, set up disappointed wail when PGA failed to name Jimmy Demaret ("one of the most colorful and brilliant players of his generation"), Ben Hogan, Sam Snead and Cary Middlecoff to U.S. team (selected on basis of points earned in tournaments) which will play at Yorkshire next Oct. 4-5. England's best pros will have to be satisfied with trying to beat Tommy Bolt, Jack Burke Jr., Dow Finsterwald, Doug Ford, Ed Furgol, Fred Hawkins, Lionel Hebert, Ted Kroll, Dick Mayer and Art Wall Jr.
Don Essig, lean 18-year-old from Indianapolis, who became gallery favorite when he upset defending champion Junie Buxbaum in quarter-finals, parlayed accurate irons and sizzling putter into 6 and 5 victory over onetime pro Gene Towry to become second youngest ever to win U.S. Public Links title, at Hershey, Pa. (see page 46).
New York Yankees began to move out of touch with rest of American League, stepping over hapless Kansas City cousins and skidding Cleveland on way to eight-game winning streak and 6�-game lead over hard-pressed Chicago. Baltimore became alive, also at expense of Kansas City, to tie Indians for fifth place, while Washington, carried along by Roy Sievers' home-run blasting (see X-RAY), huffed out of cellar.