Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 20, 1976 · Page 44
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June 20, 1976

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 44

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7D -June 20, 1976 Sunday Gazette-Mail Babashoff Cracks 3d Swim Mark LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Shirley Babashoff smashed her third American record in the United States Olympic trials Saturday and men set two others. Miss Babashoff, 19, of Mission Viejo, Calif., swam the 800- meter freestyle in 8 minutes, 46 seconds in qualifying for the final and bettered the 8:46.51 record owned by Heather Greenwood. Earlier in the trials, Miss Babashoff had bettered the American records in the 200- and 400-meter freestyle races and won the 400-meter individual medley. John Naber, the 6-foot-6 star of the University of Southrn California, lowered his own American mark to 2:02.46 in the 200-meter backstroke. Eighteen-year- old Bill Forrester of Jacksonville, Fla., sped to a 1:59.70 in the butterfly. The three records came in heats that qualified eight swimmers each to final events--the women's 800 not scheduled until Monday. Miss Greenwood, of Fresno, Calif., gets a chance to win back her record as she qualified sixth and made the final. Forrester's time was the second fastest ever in world swimming, eclipsed only by the 1:59.63 by East Germany's Roger Pytell in that nation's Olympic trials earlier this month. Both times smashed the official world record of 2:00.70 set by Mark Spitz of the United States when he won seven Olympic gold medals in 1972 and his time also stood as the American record. Mike Bruner of Cupertino, Calif., also bettered two minutes with 1:59.73 in finishing second to Forrester. Bruner's was the third fastest time ever in the world. Through four days of competition, eight American records have fallen--three to Babashoff and five to male swimmers. Naber's 200 backstroke just did go under his previous record of 2:02.52. Earlier the USC swimmer from Ladera Oaks, Calif., had beaten his American 100-meter backstroke record with a time of 56.82 and had also qualified for the U.S. team in the 200-meter freestyle. -Charleston, West Virginia By Paul Wallace Final Round of Open on 13 Today The final round of the U.S. Open and the U. S. Olympic Swimming Trials are the top shows scheduled for television today. ABC's (Channel 13) coverage of the U. S. Open begins at 3:30. At 9:30 on Channel 13, Mark Spitz, who won seven gold medals in the Olympics, heads the list of commentators for the swimming trials from Long Beach, Calif. For the bowling enthusiast, Channel 8 will have the PBA National Championship at 4:30 from Leilani Lanes in Seattle. Wash. Earl Anthony is seeking his fourth straight title. Channel 8 will feature film clips from old NFL Championship games at 1:30 and the Sports Challenge quiz show at 6 p.m. Besides the Open and Olympic Trials. Anthony Channel 13 has the Sportmim's l-'rii'iul at 1:30 and World Invitational Tennis ai 1 The only show scheduled u n i i l S.-.nirtiav is an 8:30 p.m. Friday U'ViMS' ..f !hc Cincinnati and Houston eanv un 3. Heavyweight Fight, American Oaks on Saturday All eyes are on Fairmont State coach Joe Ret ton (left) as he gives out with some basketball tips Friday at the St. Albans YMCA basketball camp. A total of 115 youngsters attended the camp at the St. Albans High gym. (Staff Photo by Lawrence Pierce) Cage Tips Janet Not Likely to Qualify Saturday's CBS Sports Spectacular will feature a 10-round'heavyweight fight between unbeaten Dino Dennis and Scott LeDoux. Also on the show, which starts at 4, will be the American Oaks horse race. Channel 8 will have the third round of the Western Open Golf Tourmimem beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday. Grand National Drag Rarinp ai -1 p.m. and the Wide World of Sports ;ii " take care of Channel 13's shows for S;iuin!:iy. Channel 3 will have major l;i»ii'' baseball at 2 p.m. MT. POCONO, Pa. (AP) - AI Unser appeared to be A.J. Foyt's only real competition for the pole position and Janet Guthrie seemed less than likely to make the field in qualifying Sunday for the June 27 500-mile race at Pocono International Raceway. Foyt unleashed a lap at 185.950 miles per hour, the fastest speed since 1973 at this 2'/2mile tri-oval. in his Coyote early in practice Saturday, then confidental ly waited to see if anyone else could come close. AI Unser, in the revolutionary Cosworth- powered Parnelli, hit 185.567 m.p.h. a little while later and then parked his car for the day. No one else was even over 182 m.p.h. Gordon Johncock, pole winner for the Schaefer 500 here the last two years, Johnny Rutherford, Mario Andretti and Bobby Unser were in a group in the 181 m.p.h. bracket. Meanwhile, mechanics still seemed unable to sort the bugs out of Miss Guthrie" s Vollstedt. Teammate Dick Simon tried a variety of different chassis settings, and other adjustments during Saturday's practice session without a great amount of success. "You've got 33 spots in the field, and about 29 shoo-ins to qualify, unless somebody breaks or stuffs it in the wall," observed one U.S. Auto Club official. "There are about six cars left for those last four spots. And I'd say Janet's car is probably in the bottom half of the six." Then she is actually one of three drivers fighting for the last spot? "I'd say that was a fair statement," replied the official. Miss Guthrie has gambled a lot on the success of her Indianapolis car racing career. Sources told The Associated Press that Miss Guthrie turned down a top flight car. a lucrative sponsorship, and a chance to run for Rookie of the Year in the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing series, because she would have had to curtail her Indy racing activities. She has a three-year contract with car owner Rolla Vollstedt. 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