Sport: Turn for Glory

Australia's national swimming championships last week wound up a season that has left the record books in tatters. In seven weeks of competition, from the big New South Wales state meet to the nationals in Melbourne, Aussie youngsters had splashed to 31 new world marks. The incredible Konrads kids—Ilsa, 13, and John, 15 (TIME, Jan. 20)—accounted for 16 all by themselves. Awed Americans are beginning to wonder whether down-under champions are just born swimming in full career.

The Konradses (and just about every other competitor) can testify to the contrary. The pleasures of sun and sand on Australia's splendid beaches are...

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