United States swimmers have set new Games records in winning the Women's 200 metres Freestyle and Men's 400 metres Medley events in the Pan American Games being staged at Cali in Colombia.
GV Spectators in stands
SV Competitors start in Women's 200 metres Freestyle
LV Swimmers turn & race in progress (3 shots)
LV Finish of race
LV Start of Men's 400 metres Individual Medley
SV Race in progress
SV Finish of race
LV Winners of women's Freestyle presented with medals
SV Prize winners leave pool
LV Winners of Medley presented with medals
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Background: United States swimmers have set new Games records in winning the Women's 200 metres Freestyle and Men's 400 metres Medley events in the Pan American Games being staged at Cali in Colombia.
Kim Payton of the United States surged home in the women's event to win in the Games record time of 2 minutes 9.6 seconds -- 2.3 seconds faster than the previous record set in Winnipeg, Canada, in 1967.
In the men's 400 metres Medley, Steven Furnish of the United States won in the record time of 4 minutes 42.6 seconds -- slicing 5.5 seconds off the old Games record time. However, his swim was well outside the world record time for the event, which stands at 4 minutes 31 seconds.
SYNOPSIS: Records tumbled in the finals of the swimming events at the Pan American Games in Cali, Colombia, on Saturday. First to fall was the existing Games record for the Women's 200 metres freestyle event.
United States girl, Kim Payton established a firm lead in the early stages of the race and maintained it throughout. Miss Payton won the event in two minutes 9.6 seconds -- cutting 2.3 seconds off the previous Games record set in Winnipeg, Canada, in 1967. Second was Angela Coughlan of Canada and local girl, Olga Lucia de Angulo, of Colombia, was third.
The second record to fall was the Men's 400 metres Individual Medley.
Steven Furnish of the United States took a commanding lead and consolidated his advantage with each stroke. As he approached the finish, Furnish -- in lane 5 -- was well ahead of the rest of the field.
Furnish won the race in the Games record time of four minutes 42.6 seconds. His time was 5.5 seconds inside the old Pan American Games record. However, it was well outside the world record of four minutes 31 seconds for the event.