The world Water Ski Championships in Milan, Italy -- and Carlos Suarez of Venezuela has set an international record to retain his men's figures title with 7,000 points in the finals.
The world Water Ski Championships in Milan, Italy -- and Carlos Suarez of Venezuela has set an international record to retain his men's figures title with 7,000 points in the finals. His victory on Sunday (September 4) also broke the United States' near-monopoly of the gold medals in most of the other events.
SYNOPSIS: Canada's Brian Ashley also put up an impressive display in the figures finals -- but the overall standard was so high that even with this performance he had to make do with eighth place.
The man the crowds were waiting for -- Mike Hazlewood of Britain, who set the world record that Suarez later broke. but this year he had to be content with second place, 540 points behind the Venezuelan.
Spectators were treated to a second Venezuelan entry -- Elgidio Rodriguez. But despite some fancy foot-work, a fall pushed him down to fifth place.
Spectators also saw one of the few entries from a Communist nation, Frantsek Stenho of Czechoslovakia. His performance was good enough to give him third place and the bronze medal.
And the most exciting moment of the day for the crowd -- the new world record and the figures gold medal for the second year in a row going to Suarez of Venezuela.