Swimming -- and at Potsdam in East Germany the Soviet Union emerged victorious after a three-day competition against their East German opponents.
Swimming -- and at Potsdam in East Germany the Soviet Union emerged victorious after a three-day competition against their East German opponents. The final score left the USSR with 180 points against 164 for East Germany in the annual competition.
SYNOPSIS: The final day's races on Sunday (8 April) were a slight anti-climax after three new world records had been broken earlier in the event. But there were some compensations, like the Soviet record set by Viktor Kusnezow in the men's 200 metres backstroke. Kusnezow finished with a time of two minutes, four point zero eight seconds.
In the women's events East Germany's girls did rather better than the men. While the men finished first in only one of their fourteen races, the women won twelve of the titles -- including the 100 metres backstroke.
The backstroke ended with East German girls in the first three places, with the winner Cornelia Polit covering the course in one minute, four point zero two seconds.
The men's 200 metres breast stroke brought another victory to the USSR -- and another Soviet record.
It was an excellent performance by Robert Shulpa, who came in more than three seconds ahead of his nearest rival, team-mate Vladimir Fljunt. Shulpa's time was two minutes, eighteen point one five seconds.