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Derek Ibbotson, 25-year-old British electrical engineer, came roaring along in final 300 yards at London's White City stadium, thrust his thick-set chest through tape 12 yards in front of Hon Delany, to win special mile run in 3:57.2, .8 better than John Landy's world record (see page 12). Three competitors also finished under four minutes: Delany, Ireland (3:58.8); Stanislav Jungwirth, Czechoslovakia (3:59.1); Ken Wood, Britain (3:59.3). Flying Yorkshireman Ibbotson, who tailed pacesetters through 55.3, 1:55.8, 3:00 splits, was cheered on by wife, 5-week-old daughter (July 19).
Pancho Gonzales, fitfully bothered by painful wisdom tooth, finger blister on racket hand, still had too much tennis for young and old pros alike in Jack Kramer's round-robin Tournament of Champions at Forest Hills, conquering field with 5-0 score. Frank Sedgman finished second while Lew Hoad, whose game was most erratic, tied for third (see page 35).
Vic Seixas, pacing himself skillfully in 90� heat, defeated Defending Champion Herb Flam 1-6, 8-6, 6-1, 6-3, won National Clay Courts championship at Chicago. Althea Gibson took women's singles, first major U.S. title, whipping Darlene Hard, 6-2, 6-3.
Milwaukee, by virtue of winning six while losing only two, ascended from third to top of heap in National League game of Who's In First. Right on Braves' heels was renascent Brooklyn, which won seven of nine, aided by late-inning rallies, to climb within single game of leader. St. Louis, with three-and-four record on week, fell to third as Cincinnati moved up notch to fourth. Philadelphia plummeted all the way from second to fifth as renowned pitching utterly collapsed.
New York increased lead in American League despite playing several games with second-platoon infield to four and one half games over second-place Chicago. White Sox, despite fine one-hitter by Dick Donovan, won only two of five.