Sport: Scoreboard, Aug. 8, 1955

¶ Just 14 hours and 37 minutes after she waded into the water at Cape Griz-Nez, France, blonde, freckle-faced Marilyn Bell, 17, staggered ashore beneath the white cliffs of Dover. The pretty Canadian schoolgirl, first person ever to swim the icy waters of Lake Ontario (TIME, Sept. 20), was the youngest ever to swim the English Channel.

¶ Pace-Setter Chris Chataway, the man who used to make a business of helping other runners hang up records, hung up a world-beater for himself. At London's White City stadium, Chataway swapped pacing chores every quarter mile with his countryman Derek Ibbotson, took off on...

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