In Belgrade, Yugoslavia on Friday - the fourth day of the first World Swimming Championships.?
In Belgrade, Yugoslavia on Friday - the fourth day of the first World Swimming Championships. The fourth day too of the intense rivalry between the United States and East Germany for dominance.
In the four hundred metres women's freestyles final, the American girls were trying to restore some of the prestige captured by the gold medal winning East German girls Yet another world record was expected to tumble in this race.
At the turn into the last length, an enthralling tussle developed between America's world record holder Kaena Rothhammer, her compatriot Heather Greenwood, and Italy's Novella Calligaris.
In the dash towards the finish surprisingly, it was Heather Greenwood who edged in front of the world record holder.
And it was Greenwood who held off a strong challenge to take the gold medal, with Keena Rothhammer second, and the Italian girl third. But the winning time of 4 minutes 20.28 seconds was outside the world record. Calligaris, one-and-a-half seconds slower, still set up a new European record.
By the end of the day America had a total of thirteen gold medals -three more than the East Germans.
the four by two hundred metres mens freestyle, the United States team set up a magnificent new world record.
But it was a world record that might never have been. For in the heats the Americans fielded a weak team - which just managed to scrape into the final with the slowest qualifying time.
Kurt Krumpholz, Robin Backhaus and Richard Klatt had been challenged ??? the East Germans in the early stages. But by the last length Gim Montgomery had a huge lead. And then there was only the clock to race against.
The Americans took more???than two and a half seconds off the old record of seven minutes 35.78 seconds. The Australian in second place were nearly ten seconds behind.