• Short Summary

    The 19-mile world long-distance swimming championship from Capri-to-Naples was won July 26 by Laszlo Kovacs of Hungary in 10 hrs. 7 mins 4secs - a thrilling finish, only seven minutes ahead of his nearest rival.

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    The 19-mile world long-distance swimming championship from Capri-to-Naples was won July 26 by Laszlo Kovacs of Hungary in 10 hrs. 7 mins 4secs - a thrilling finish, only seven minutes ahead of his nearest rival. Second: Alfredo Camarero (Argentina) winner of the event in 1955 and 1956; and a close third; About Heif of Egypt.

    A favourable current, combined with his athletic prowess gave Kovacs his lead. Camarero and Heif, off together at the starting line, arrived together at the finish -the Egyptian only a second behind.

    Further behind and out of the running in the final stretch was Donatiuo Gutierrez of Mexico, winner the last two years. Greta Anderson Sonnischen of long Beach, California, USA, gambled on a direct route from Capri to Naples, while other swimmers took roundabout routes for best currents and winds. Her gamble failed to pay and she was completely out of the running. Brenda Fisher, only Briton in the race, was forced to retire with cramp after swimming more than two thirds for the way.

    Champion Kovacs, who trained hard for the event, ate Hungarian salami, green salad and two hard boiled eggs during the race.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1Y6469NIR9YAOA3SCQAC5L2RD
    Media URN:
    VLVA1Y6469NIR9YAOA3SCQAC5L2RD
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/07/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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