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ROWING—SEYMOUR CROMWELL, the U.S. sculling champion, won the Canadian title for the third time. Competing in the Royal Canadian Henley regatta in St. Catharines, Ont., he defeated Robert C. Lea, a teammate from the Riverside Boat Club of Cambridge, Mass. St. Catharines Rowing Club pulled ahead of the West Side Rowing Club of Buffalo in the senior heavyweight final to keep that honor at home as well as the overall team title, but Seattle's Lake Washington Rowing Club annexed the senior fours championship.
SWIMMING—THE AMERICAN TEAM staged a record-tumbling spree in the Japanese championships at Osaka, capturing 21 of the 29 events. Although the eight U.S. men faced strong opposition from the Japanese, who are earnestly preparing for the 1964 Olympics, the five American women primarily spent their time thrashing each other. Sharon Finneran, a brilliant 16-year-old Californian, eclipsed another speedy Californian, Donna de Varona, splashing to a breathless 5:21.9 for the 400-meter individual medley to set a new world record by a remarkable 7.6. Later Miss Finneran took 12.6 seconds off her own pending American record for the 800-meter freestyle, lowering the mark to 10:01.1. Miss De Varona won the 100-meter butterfly and backstroke for two more American wins. Another world record was set by Japan's Satoka Tanaka, who broke her own 200-meter backstroke mark with 2:31.6. Freestyler Robyn Johnson of Arlington, Va. handily won the 100 meters and 400 meters. Barbara McAlister had no trouble in winning the platform-and 3-meter-diving crowns. The biggest upset of the meet was world titlist Chet Jastremski's loss to Yoshiaki Shikiishi in the 200-meter breaststroke, although Jastremski came back to win in the 100. Roy Saari, the El Segundo, Calif. teenager, also lost. He was beaten in the 400-meter freestyle by Japan's most popular athlete, Tsuyoshi Yamanaka, thus giving 10,000 onlookers something to shout about. Results were reversed, however, in the 1,500 meters as Saari outdistanced Yamanaka by 35 meters. Fred Schmidt won the 100-meter butterfly in 59.6.
Mary Stewart, 16-year-old Vancouver, B.C. schoolgirl, was also setting world records, these in a Vancouver time trial. While turning in the fancy time of 1:07.3 in the 110-yard butterfly, she also bettered the 100-meter mark on the way.
Simon Paterson, a 20-year-old English frogman, lost no time in topping one of the newest records of all: the underwater swim of the English Channel. A fortnight or so after American Fred Baldasare gurgled from Calais to Dover in 18 hours and one minute, Paterson performed the same soggy feat. His mark: 13 hours, 50 minutes.
TENNIS—SWEDEN, playing on its home courts in Baastad, upset Italy in the Davis Cup European Zone finals. It was Sweden's first European Zone win since 1954. With tall, blond Jan Erik Lundquist leading the attack, the Swedes jolted the erratic Italians, 4-1. In the opening singles, Lundquist quickly dispatched Nicola Pietrangeli, but peppy Ulf Schmidt lost to Fausto Gardini. Then Lundquist and Schmidt teamed to upset Pietrangeli and Orlando Sirola, who together have won 31 Davis Cup matches, 6-1, 3-6, 6-8, 6-4, 9-7, and the Italians couldn't recover.
Margaret Smith showed the power that makes her the world's best woman player, as she convincingly won the Pennsylvania grass court championships at Merion Cricket Club in Haverford. During the final match, played against Wimbledon Champion Karen Hantze Susman, the formidable Australian seldom wavered in her control of service and smashing ground strokes, as she won 6-4, 10-8.
William Bond, a USC student who is rated 10th nationally, took the men's title at Merion with surprisingly little strain. The young La Jolla, Calif. player dropped his placements perfectly to defeat Ron Holmberg of Brooklyn in a five-set final. He also upset upsettable Whitney Reed, top-ranked U.S. player, in the semifinals, thus further diminishing Reed's chances of rejoining the Davis Cup team from which he received an unrequested furlough two weeks ago.
MILEPOSTS—SIGNED: JERRY TARR, Oregon's champion hurdler, who competed brilliantly against the Russian team two weeks ago, with the Denver Broncos of the American Football League for a reported $10,000.
DIED: BURT SHOTTON, 77, soft-spoken former manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers who brought them two pennants after Branch Rickey hired him from relative obscurity in 1947 to replace Leo Durocher, in Lake Wales, Fla.
DIED: SONNY NUNEZ, 22, who never earned more than $1 an hour as a farm laborer and told his mother he was becoming a boxer to make "big money," suffered a fatal knockout punch in his first pro fight in Phoenix.