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    The highlight of the 47th Soviet National Swimming Championships held at Kiev this weekend was the setting of a new world record in the men's 200 metres individual medley.

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    The highlight of the 47th Soviet National Swimming Championships held at Kiev this weekend was the setting of a new world record in the men's 200 metres individual medley.

    SYNOPSIS: Favourite to win the race was Sergei Fesenki. The European champion and record-holder for the 400 metres individual medley. Fesenko was in lane five. But much to everyone's surprise the relative unknown in lane four, 18-year old Alexander Sidorenko, took an early lead.

    It was an even greater surprise when Sidorenko showed himself capable of holding on to that lead. With 150 metres of the race gone it was evident that Sidorenko was on his way to a new world record.

    His time of two minutes 5.24 seconds broke Canadian Graham Smith's previous world record by seven hundredths of a second. Sidorenko has been swimming for eight years. He was a bronze medal winner in the individual medley, at the 1977 European championships but his favourite event is in fact the back-stroke.

    Sidorenko's new record was celebrated in the traditional manner -- his coach Vera Smekhova was thrown into the water to join in the congratulations.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2FAA8UZDGGJ92R0TQCVV8JTY7
    Media URN:
    VLVA2FAA8UZDGGJ92R0TQCVV8JTY7
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/07/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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