The United States again proved its superiority in the international swimming field by beating the Soviet Union 212 points to 132 in a contest between the two nations in Leningrad.
The United States again proved its superiority in the international swimming field by beating the Soviet Union 212 points to 132 in a contest between the two nations in Leningrad. Among the visiting American team were several world and Olympic record-holders.
SYNOPSIS: The stands at Leningrad's Army Club pool were filled to capacity for the two-day meeting, where a total of 29 events for men and women were contested.
The hundred-metres men's butterfly -- and a major defeat for the home team. Twenty-two-year-old Joe Bottom of the United States, world champion for the event, was first in 55.23 seconds. Fellow-countrymen Greg Jagenburg and Steve Gregg took second and third. The standard was so high that fourth-placed Andrei Avtushenko of the Soviet Union set a new home record.
The Soviet women partly made up for the defeats of their menfolk in the 200-metre breast-stroke.
First went to 13-year-old Leningrad schoolgirl Yulia Bogdanova, the Soviet and European hundred and 200-metres butterfly champion. Her time -- two minutes 36.29 seconds.
The men's 200-metres freestyle, provided one of the closest finishes. It looked a direct contest between Olympic champion James Montgomery of the United States, and European record-holder Andrei Krylov. The Soviet swimmer led the race for most of the final 50 metres. Montgomery overtook him on almost the last stroke, but when the times were announced it was U.S. champion Rick Demont first in one minute 52.09 seconds -- a mere point nought-one of a second ahead of Montgomery, and only a twentieth of a second ahead of Krylov.