Sport: Rancocas Robot

Britons who thronged the banks of the Thames last week for England's No. 1 rowing carnival, the annual Henley Regatta, saw an amazing performance. For four days they gaped at a red-haired American sculler, Joseph William Burk, who decisively outrowed his opponents over the mile and 5/16 course day after day in the elimination heats of, the Diamond Sculls, most famed race in the world for individual scullers.

"He does everything wrong," muttered experts and dubs alike. Rowing an extremely high stroke (36 to 45 a minute, compared to an average sculler's 28 to 32), Joe...

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