SPORTS LETTER : Unsung heroine

From D. A. Cox

Sir: In bemoaning England's defeat in the semi-final of the Rugby World Cup, your leader- writer says "England is desperate for international sporting success ... any sporting success would do." [19 June]

Perhaps he can be forgiven for having missed the six-line item in Sporting Digest in the same issue [page 27] which records that Yvonne McGregor of Bradford took the women's one-hour track cycling world record.

The previous holder of that record is from another rugby- playing nation, France. I wonder if her success two months ago received similarly scant attention in the French press?

Yours faithfully,

D.A. Cox

Dunstable, Bedfordshire

19 June