Sport: Scoreboard, Feb. 8, 1960

¶ In hushed Madison Square Garden, lithe (6 ft. 5¼ in., 190 lbs.) High Jumper John Thomas, 18, loped forward, kicked his right leg at the roof and rolled over the bar at 7 ft. 1½ in. to make the mightiest leap in history (indoor or out) and break his own record by ¼ in.

¶ Trailing after the formal, compulsory figures, Ohio's little (5 ft. 6 in., 135 lbs.) Dave Jenkins, 23, put on a stunning display of acrobatic, free-figure skating to win his fourth national championship in Seattle, seemed to have recovered completely from a gashed leg suffered last summer....

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