TOKYO: Miss Satoko Tanaka, 18-year-old Kyushu girl, Sunday shattered her own recognized world record of two minutes 37.1 seconds for the women's 200-meter backstroke, clocking 2:33.3 on the last day of the three-day National Swimming and Diving Championships and Olympic tryouts at the 50-meter Meiji Pool in Tokyo.
General shot of the Meiji Pool. General shot of the spectators stand. (Women's 200-m. backstroke- Satoko Tanaka, 2:33.3 -world record) Group shot-start. Tanaka in action - at first 25 meter. 75-m. to 100-m. turn. Tanaka coming up from the water. CU-Tanaka during awarding ceremony. (Men's 100-m. freestyle-Katsuki Ishihara 57.0) Group shot-Men's 100-m. freestyle participants at 75 meters. Lane No. 4- Takehiko Nakaya, No. 5 Ishihara and lane No. 6. Keigo Shimizu goal in, (Men's 200-m. butterfly - Haruo Yoshimuda, 2:17.8) Yoshimuda 100-meter turn. Yoshimuda in action at 175-m. Live TVs on a special platform telecasting the events.
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(Women's 200-m. breaststroke - Yoshiko Takamatsu 2:53.6) Group shot-start. Takamatsu in action at 75 meters./ 100 meters. (Men's 100-m. breaststroke - Kiyoshi Nakagawa, 1:12.8) Nakagawa in action at 75 meters. Radio commentators broadcasting the events, a group of cameramen are seen background.) General shot of the pool during Women's 200-m. freestyle. (Men's 400-m. freestyle - Tsuyoshi Yamanaka, 4:20.8) Yamanaka prior to the race. Group shot - start/ Yamanaka in action-75 meters/ Yamanaka in action 375 meters/ Yamanaka goal in Closeup shot of Yamanaka in the water/ Yamanaka receives a Hironoshin Furuhashi Memorial Trophy from Mr. Furuhashi during the awarding ceremony. (Furuhashi, Japanese flying fish, is one time swimming hero)
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Background: TOKYO: Miss Satoko Tanaka, 18-year-old Kyushu girl, Sunday shattered her own recognized world record of two minutes 37.1 seconds for the women's 200-meter backstroke, clocking 2:33.3 on the last day of the three-day National Swimming and Diving Championships and Olympic tryouts at the 50-meter Meiji Pool in Tokyo.
Miss Tanaka, a student of Tsukushi Girls' School, also beat by two-tenths of a second the world fastest record of 2:33.5 marked recently by Miss Lynn Burke of the United States in the U.S. Women's National Swimming Championships as well as her own best mark of 2:34.8 set earlier this season.
Tsuyoshi Yamanaka, Japan's Olympic medal hope, who Saturday broke the world 1,500-meter freestyle record with a 17:25.0 timing, disappointed swimming experts and fans by covering the 400 meters in only 4:20.8, as much as 4.2 seconds slower than this recognized world mark of 4:16.6 and 4.9 seconds of Australian Jon Konrads' world best record of 4:15.6 swim.
The Japanese Amateur Swimming Federation after the three-day swimming meet selected 43-member team to represent Japan at the Rome Olympics next month in the swimming, diving and water polo events.
The squad consists of six officials, 21-swimmers (14 men and seven women), five divers (three men and two women) and 11 water polo players.