Heather Greenwood, a fifteen year old Californian schoolgirl who had never before won a big race, beat Australia's Shane Gould at the International Swimming meeting at London on Monday (23 April).
TV PAN Start of womens 200 metres free-style.
SV PAN Final turn and final lap. (3 shots)
SV PAN Finish of race with Greenwood U.S.A. winning from Gould of Australia.
SV Gould congratulating Greenwood.
CU TRACK OUT Belote U.S.A. leading womens 200 metres backstroke from Brigitha (Holland) final leg.
TV PAN Finish of race with Belote winning from Brigitha.
TV & SV PAN Finish of womens 200 metres breastroke, with Whitfield (Australia) winning from Carr (U.S.A.)
START AND FINISH OF WOMEN'S 200 METRES FREE-STYLE WON BY GREENWOOD OF U.S.A. MELISSA BELOTE OF U.S.A. WINNING 200 METRES BACKSTROKE: BEVERLEY WHITFIELD OF AUSTRALIA WINNING 200 METRES BREASTROKE.
Crystal Palace in London, where United States and Australian swimmers dominated the Easter weekend International swimming competition. On Monday, a fifteen year old Californian schoolgirl who has never won a major race beat Australia's world star, Shane Gould in the women's two-hundred metres fee-style. Heather Greenwood won by an extremely small margin to contribute to a one-point American victory over Australia to win the team trophy. On the final lap, Miss Greenwood was just in front and hung on grimly to the end to beat Miss Gould by only three-tenths of a second. Miss Gould holds both the world record and Olympic Title for this event. Her defeat came twenty minutes after she won for Australia the eight-hundred metres free-style.
Miss Greenwood's time was two-minutes, six-point-four seconds.
Another United States win in the two day meeting was in the women's two hundred metres backstoke. For the U.S., Melissa Belote clocked a time of two minutes twenty-one-point-nine seconds to win from Holland's Enith Brigitha, only three tenths of a second behind. Wendy Cook of Canada swam into third place.
Australia and United States won all but one race in the meeting. This event, the women's two-hundred metres breastroke was another event which was largely a duel between an Australian and an American. Australia's Beverley Whitfield was only point-three of a second ahead of the second place-getter...Cathy Carr of the United States. In third pale was another U.S. swimmer, Lyn Colella.
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Background: Heather Greenwood, a fifteen year old Californian schoolgirl who had never before won a big race, beat Australia's Shane Gould at the International Swimming meeting at London on Monday (23 April).
Her victory contributed to a one-point United States victory over the Australians in the battle for the team trophy. Miss. Greenwood beat Miss. Gould in the 200 metres free-style, an event in which the Australian girl holds both the Olympic Title and the World Record. The American took first place by only a finger tip in the time of 2 minutes 6.4 seconds....three-tenths of a second faster than Miss. Gould. The event was held only twenty minutes after Shane Gould had won the 800 metres free-style for her third victory in the two day meeting.
The women's two hundred metres backstroke was another race won by United States competitor. Melissa Belote won the race in 2 minutes 21.9 seconds. Enith Brigitha of Holland was in second place and Wendy Cook of Canada third.
Australian and United States swimmers dominated the competition, winning all but one race. In the women's 200 metres breastroke Beverley Whitfield of Australia won from Cathy Carr of the U.S.A. in a time of 2 minutes 42.7 seconds. Miss Carr's time was three tenths of a second slower. Third was Lyn Colella of the U.S.