A large influx of visiting swimmers - from the U.S.S.R. and the United States as?
A large influx of visiting swimmers - from the U.S.S.R. and the United States as well as East and West Germany and Italy among other countries - were features of a three-day meeting in Paris over the weekend.
The visitors had more than their fair share of prizes and although no world records were broken (the pool was only 25 metres long -- records must be set in a 50-metre one), fast times were recorded.
On Saturday (15 February), Russian Serguie Zakharov won the 200-metre medley event, beating Gary Hall -- just back from semi-retirement -- and Bruce Furniss, both of the United States.
The Italians were dominant in the 100-metres men's freestyle event. Marcello Guarducci and Roberto Pangaro took first and second place respectively with Russian swimmer Alexandre Samsonov third.
Visitors again shone in the women's 100-metre backstroke with Italy's Antonella Roncelli leading Diane Edeljin of the Netherlands to the finish.
In the women's 100-metres breaststroke Jeannette Pettersson from Sweden was first with Marina Turchenia of the U.S.S.R. second.
SYNOPSIS: A large influx of visiting swimmers -- including thirty-two from Russia and sixteen from the United States -- was the main feature of a three-day swimming meet in Paris during the weekend. In the two-hundred metre men's medley, Serguei Zakharov of Russia quickly took the lead. Gary Hall of the United States -- who's recently returned from semi-retirement -- strove to catch him.
Zakharov -- in lane four -- kept up the pressure, and he led Hall and fellow-countryman Bruce Furniss to the finish.
The one-hundred-metres freestyle ... and again the visitors dominated. Italian Marcello Guarducci in lane four is the man to watch. Pangaro of Italy was second.
The women's one-hundred-metres backstroke, with the Italians leading again. Antonella Roncelli in lane five holds off the Dutch girl, Dian Edeljin.
The visitors ... by sheer weight of numbers ... tended to dominate. Another Dutch girl, Coriane Heymans, was third in this event.
And in the hundred metres breaststroke event, the hosts again didn't have a look-in as Jeannette Pettersson of Sweden - in lane four - forged ahead ... followed by Marina Turchenia of Russia.
Although no world records were broken -- the pool's too short for that -- some fast times were recorded.