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Max Truex, towheaded little USC sophomore from Warsaw, Ind. whose endurance belies his size, strode through five miles in 24:15.7 for new American record as Olympians engaged in practice meet at Santa Ana, Calif.

Barbara Mueller, Chicagoschoolteacher who won hurdles berth on Olympic team, displayed her all-round skill at Pasadena, piling up record breaking 4,154 points in five events to win U.S. women's pentathlon title for second time.

Tom Robbins, cleareyed 63-year-old Larchmont, N.Y. businessman-golfer, finished even up with J. Wood Piatt at end of 18 holes, rolled in seven-foot putt on 19th to win North and South Seniors' championship at Pinehurst, N.C.

Betty Dodd, long-hitting pro who got her first taste of golf while living at Fort Sill, returned to Oklahoma for one of her most notable victories, setting course record of 67 while winning Ladies PGA tournament with 214 at Lawton.

Willard Rhodes, Seattle groceryman, had good reason to flash his satisfied smile after APBA Inboard Racing Commission upheld his appeal,declaredMiss Thriftway winner of disputed Gold Cup race at Detroit last September 1.