American swimmers dominated the three-day Tilt international meeting which ended in Paris on Sunday (12 February).
American swimmers dominated the three-day Tilt international meeting which ended in Paris on Sunday (12 February). Despite the influenza that swept the team, the United States took 16 out of the 24 gold medals at stake.
SYNOPSIS: The start of the men's 100 metres free-style final.
Twenty nations took part in the meeting which was held at the 25-metre Boulogne-Billancourt pool in a Paris s???burb.
Jack Babashoff, in lane four, was the only American to break the Russian stranglehold on the men's free-style races by winning the 100 metres final.
The Americans were particularly dominant in the women's events, setting two world best times in the 800 400 metres free-style.
That dominance continued in this race -- the 100 metres backstroke -- helped by Kaile Chun, in lane four, who won in 1 minute 04.54 seconds.
The final of the 200 metres butterfly developed into a close fight between the Americans and a Canadian girl.
As the chase progressed, the eventual winner, American Diana Kutsunai, in lane four, came under pressure from her compatriot April Swanson, and Judy Baker of Canada. But Miss Kutsunai kept her cool and went on to take the event in 2 min. 14.31 seconds. Miss Swanson came second and Miss Baker third.
The Russian men proved their strength in the free-style events when Andrei Krilov, in lane four, turned in a world best short-course performance to win the 400 metres ahead of four other soviet swimmers. he took the event in 3 min. 51.35 seconds. But the time will not be ratified as a world record because the pool was half the required length.