• Short Summary

    Fifteen year old Australian schoolboy Stephen Holland broke two world records in a single race at the first World Swimming Championships in Belgrade, Yugoslavia on Saturday (Sept 8).

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    Fifteen year old Australian schoolboy Stephen Holland broke two world records in a single race at the first World Swimming Championships in Belgrade, Yugoslavia on Saturday (Sept 8).

    Holland, in his first international appearance won the 1,500 metres freestyle gold medal in the world record time of 15 minutes 31.85 seconds and set up a world 800 metres record time of 8 minutes 16.27 seconds on the way.

    The records he beat were his own -- set up in Brisbane last month.

    Holland was so absorbed in his swimming that he swam 100 metres too many, taking other bewildered swimmers with him, and was about to start another length before officials stopped him.

    He said afterwards he expected a horn to sound for the last 100 metres. When he didn't hear it he just kept on swimming.

    "I don't count the laps I just swim", he said.

    Two world records were also broken in the 4 x 100 women's freestyle relay. East Germany's Kornelia Ender lowered her own world record for the women's 100 metres freestyle with a time of 57.61 seconds in the first leg of the relay.

    Her time helped the East German team to win the gold medal and set up a new world record time of 3 minutes 52.45 seconds. The previous record stood at 3 minutes 55.19 seconds and was held by the United States.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA95WE5RK3UPCMU9VDMWXQJJR93
    Media URN:
    VLVA95WE5RK3UPCMU9VDMWXQJJR93
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/09/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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