• Short Summary

    DOUG RUSSELL, A 22-YEAR-OLD AMERICAN, DEFEATED "WONDER BOY" MARK SPITZ, ALSO AMERICA, TO WIN THE 100 METRES BUTTERFLY SWIM AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES IN MEXICO CITY ON MONDAY.

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    DOUG RUSSELL, A 22-YEAR-OLD AMERICAN, DEFEATED "WONDER BOY" MARK SPITZ, ALSO AMERICA, TO WIN THE 100 METRES BUTTERFLY SWIM AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES IN MEXICO CITY ON MONDAY. THERE WAS NEARLY ANOTHER MAJOR UPSET IN THE SWIMMING EVENTS WHEN THE AMERICANS - FAR AND AWAY THE FAVOURITES FOR THE EVENT - ONLY JUST MANAGED TO WIN THE MEN'S 4 BY 200 METRES RELAY, HARD PRESSED BY THE AUSTRALIANS.

    SPITZ, WHO HAD BEEN CONSIDERED A VIRTUAL CERTAINTY FOR BOTH INDIVIDUAL BUTTERFLY GOLD MEDALS IN THE GAMES, MADE A GREAT START AND WAS CLEARLY IN FRONT AS THE SWIMMERS REACHED THE HALF DISTANCE. BUT AFTER THE TURN, HE CAME UNDER ATTACK FROM RUSSELL ON HIS IMMEDIATE RIGHT AND ROSS WALES, ANOTHER AMERICAN, ON HIS LEFT. WITH ABOUT 20 METRES TO GO THE THREE AMERICANS WERE SWIMMING ALMOST EXACTLY SIDE-BY-SIDE.

    BUT RUSSELL WAS THE ONE ABLE TO PULL OUT SOMETHING EXTRA AND HE WON THE GOLD MEDAL FROM THE 18-YEAR-OLD SPITZ BY HALF A SECOND. WALES, AGED, 21, HELD ON TO TAKE THE BRONZE, WITH RUSSIA'S VLADIMIR NEMSHILOV FINISHING FOURTH. IT WAS AMERICA'S 10TH SWIMMING GOLD MEDAL OF THE GAMES AND THE FOURTH UNITED STATES CLEAN SWEEP.

    THE AMERICANS WON THEIR 11TH GOLD IN HE 4 BY 200 METRES FREESTYLE RELAY - PUSHED ALL THE WAY BY THE AUSTRALIAN TEAM. THE LAST LEG OF THE RELAY WAS A CONTEST BETWEEN AMERICAN DON SCHOLLANDER - THE 100 METRES FREESTYLE GOLD MEDALIST AT THE TOKYO OLYMPICS, AND AUSTRALIA'S MIKE WENDEN, WHO SUCCEEDED HIM TWO DAYS PREVIOUSLY AT THE MEXICO CITY OLYMPICS. A GREAT WIN BY THE THIRD SWIMMING MEMBER OF THE AUSTRALIAN TEAM, BOB WINDLE, ENABLED WENDED TO ENTER THE WATER ONLY ABOUT THREE METRES BEHIND SCHOLLANDER.

    WENDEN MADE A TREMENDOUS EFFORT TO CATCH UP, BUT SCHOLLANDER HELD ON TO WIN FOR THE UNITED STATES IN 7 MINUTES 52.3 SECONDS, JUST ONE FIFTH OF A SECOND OUTSIDE THE WORLD RECORD.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEDNKWPIVVU6IQLID3RBSVQ00L
    Media URN:
    VLVAEDNKWPIVVU6IQLID3RBSVQ00L
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/10/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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