East Germany showed her superiority over the United States in the swimming pool as the World Championships ended on August 7.
1. GV Women's 200 metres backstroke of crowd, back to pool, crowd, SV Cornelia Sirch, E. Germany, winning (5 shots) 1.04
2. SV Medal ceremony 1.10
3. GV Start of men's 4X100m. medley relay, crowd, men in pool, change over, crowd, breast stroke and butterfly take over, crowd, crawl takeover, crowd cheering, end of race as United States wins (9 shots) 2.54
4. GV US team receives medals 3.00
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East Germany showed her superiority over the United States in the swimming pool as the World Championships ended on August 7. In the women's events the Germans won ten gold medals and broke three world records. The US won only two gold. Although they did better in the men's events the Americans were expected to win more. The East German strength was well illustrated in the women's 200 metres backstroke where 15-year old Cornelia Sirch shattered the world record by almost two seconds (2m 9.91). She was five seconds ahead of second place, Georgina Parkes of Australia. Miss Sirch had not broken 2 minutes 18 before her victory in Ecuador. The East Germans held a final medal tally of 12 golds to America's eight. At the last world championships in West Berlin in 1978 the Americans overall won 20 to East Germany's one. In the men's 4X100m the Americans set a new world record time of 3 minutes 40.48 seconds. Their performance pushed the Soviet Union into second place but they set a new European record.
Source: ALVARO HENRIQUEZ