The United States took all the gold medals in the swimming events for the second successive day on Wednesday (22 October) at the Pan American Games in Mexico City.
The United States took all the gold medals in the swimming events for the second successive day on Wednesday (22 October) at the Pan American Games in Mexico City. At the end of the day's aquatic events, the United States was leading Cuba in the over-all medals table by 79 golds to 38. Canada was third with 17 followed by Mexico and Brazil.
Steve Furniss of the United States beat the Games' record he set four years ago to win the men's 200 metres medley in 2 minutes 9.67 seconds. His team-mate, Mike Curington and Bill Sawchuck of Canada were second and third. But Furniss was more than three seconds outside his own World record.
The only United States competitor who had to show a turn of speed was 15-year-old Donna Lee Wennerstrom in the 200 metres backstroke, who bettered the new Games record she set in heats in the morning.
The United States girls also picked up gold medals in the 400 metre freestyle and the 200 metre breast-stroke events, and the men had an easy victory in the 4 x 200 freestyle relay.
In only one event did the United States swimmers fail to collect at least two medals. This was Wennerstrom's race in which she was chased by the two Canadian girls - Lyn Chenard who took second place, and Cheryl Gibson who came third.
Kathy Heddy's gold medal in the 400 freestyle was her third gold for swimming during the Games.
The only upset for the United States was in the women's platform diving, where 22-year-old Canadian, Jennet Nutter, beat World Champion, Jennet Ely of the United States, mainly due to a high score in the compulsory dives.