Swimming....and five world records were set in five finals in a row at the world?
Swimming....and five world records were set in five finals in a row at the world championships in West Berlin on Thursday (24 August). This brought to eleven the number of world records that were broken during the championships.
SYNOPSIS: Here's the final of the women's four hundred metres freestyle, with swimmers making their final turns before churning along the last length of the pool. Both the holders of the world record, Kimberley Linehan of the United States, and the meeting record, Michelle Ford of Australia, were in this final. They were no match this evening for Tracey Wickham, the fifteen-year-old from Brisbane, in Australia, who was the Commonwealth champion in Edmonton last month. Tracey went on to win in world record time of four minutes, six point two eight seconds. The former record holder could finish only third.
Start of the men's two hundred metres individual medley. This race, too, was to feature the eclipse of the world record holder, Steve Lundquist, of the United States, who finished fourth. It became a triumph for Graham Smith, the astonishing Canadian who had won six medals at the Commonwealth Games, but had swim disappointingly here in earlier races. Smith's immense talent in the breast-stroke section had set up his win, and record, after he had looked a loser during the butterfly and backstroke sections. His time of two minutes three point six five seconds pared only a quarter of a second from Lundquist's former record.
The women's two hundred metres backstroke continues the brilliant sequence of world record-smashing swims. And the first three placegetters finished well under the former championship record. in the final lap, Linda Jezek, the eighteen-year-old American, had led from the start and opened up a big lead over the world champion Birgit Treiber, from East Germany. The young American just kept on pulling further and further in front. She won in two minutes eleven point nine three seconds, taking just over half a second from Fraulein Treiber's old world record. It was Miss Jezek's third gold medal of the meet.
The most exciting day's swimming belonged to Soviet girl Lina Kachushite, shown here well on her way to winning the women's two hundred metres breaststroke final. Earlier in the day, miss Kachushite had set a new world record in winning her heat. With this final swim, she destroyed her previous record, winning in two minutes thirty-one pint four two seconds. Her compatriot, Julia Bogdanova, who came second, also broke that earlier record time.