Swimming...and in Holland a 24-strong team from the United States had taken a commanding lead?
Swimming...and in Holland a 24-strong team from the United States had taken a commanding lead by the end of the second day on Saturday (4 February) of the third International Speedo Meet at Amersfoot. The Americans had amassed six gold medals, three silver and three bronze. Of the other 21 nations competing, only the East German team was in a challenging position with two golds, three silver and a bronze.
SYNOPSIS: As the events of day two got underway, the United States confirmed its strength. Here in the men's 100 metres freestyle, Mark Greenwood beat off opposition to win and add to America's honours.
On the first day of the meeting, 13-year-old Californian swimmer Cynthia Woodhead set the pace for the United States swimmers with the first gold medal when she won the 800 metres freestyle.
In the men's 100 metres Greenwood was placed first followed by Steven Badger of Canada and, in third place, the Italian Raffaele Franceschi.
There were disappointments for many in the finals of the women's 100 metres freestyle, particularly for Great Britain whose established star Cheryl Brazendale finished in seventh place and some seconds outside her British record.
The event was won by Enith Brigitha of Holland with the United States' Jill Sterkel second.
In the finals of the men's butterfly, the United States again took top honours. With 24 swimmers competing they had entered the second largest team, outnumbered only by East Germany, with a squad of 30. Surprisingly, the Soviet Union entered only four swimmers.
The winner of the event was Joe Bottom of the United States with Michael Kraus of West Germany in second place and another American, Steve Gregg coming in a close third.