John Hencken, the 19-year-old United States champion, had a spectacular opening day at the first world swimming championships at Belgrade, Yugoslavia, on Tuesday (4 September).
GV PAN Start of 200 metres Men's freestyle and finish (4 shots)
MV Winner in water as crowd look on (2 shots)
GV PAN Start and finish of 100 metres breaststroke as crowd look on (4 shots)
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Background: John Hencken, the 19-year-old United States champion, had a spectacular opening day at the first world swimming championships at Belgrade, Yugoslavia, on Tuesday (4 September). He twice broke the world record for the 100 metres breaststroke -- and twice defeated Olympic champion and former world record holder, Nabutaka Taguchi, of Japan. In his morning heat, Hencken clocked 1 minute 4.35 seconds. He came back in the final with 1 minute 4.02 seconds.
Hencken has always regarded the 200 metres breaststroke as his best event, and he's expected to streak home in that event on Thursday (6 Sept.). He could become the first swimmer in history to beat 2 minutes 20 seconds for the event.
The men's 200 metres freestyle was nearly an all-American affair. Jim Montgomery set a sizzling pace, and finished with a time of I minute 53.02 seconds -- only a fifth of a second outside the world record held by fellow-American, Mark Spitz. Second in the event was another United States swimmer, Kurt Krumpholz.