Swimming ... and Denmark's Suzanne Niellson was in devastating form on the second day of?
GV Start of women's 200 metres breaststroke, the first length and the last length, with Suzanne Niellson of Denmark winning in lane four. Cassie Cochran of the United States, in lane three, was second, and Annick de Susini of France, in lane five, third (2 shots)
GV Women's 100 metres freestyle start, first length and last length, with Jill Sterkel of the United States winning in lane four. Cynthia Woodhead of the United States second, and Ineke Ran of Holland third (2 shots)
GV Men's 200 metres freestyle. Start, first length and last length. Won by Andrei Krilov of the Soviet Union in lane three. Paolo Revelli of Italy second, and Sergei Kopliakov of the Soviet Union third (3 shots)
Cynthia Woodhead's world's best time in the women's 400 metres freestyle was four minutes 09.15 seconds. The current world record is four minutes 09.31 seconds.
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Background: Swimming ... and Denmark's Suzanne Niellson was in devastating form on the second day of the Tilt International meeting in Paris on Saturday (11 February). The day was dominated by the United States, but when it came to the women's 200 metres breaststroke, the Danish girl was in a class of her own. She won in two minutes 31 point 33 seconds, which was a new world's best, by more than two seconds.
SYNOPSIS: It was a magnificent swim by the Danish girl, but being in a 25-metre pool it could not be recognised as a new world record. The record held by Marina Koshevaia of the Soviet Union stands at two minutes 33 point 35 seconds, and Niellson, in lane four, was always on schedule to beat it. At the end, it was Niellson first, Cassie Cochran of the United States second, and the French girl Annick de Susini third.
Now the women's 100 metres freestyle, and Jill Sterkel of the United States, in lane four, was up against her brilliant 13-year-old compatriot Cynthia Woodhead ... Woodhead, winner of the 800 and 400 metres freestyle in world's best times, had taken Paris by storm, but this was Sterkel's race. She finished in 56 point 09 seconds, with Woodhead second, and Ineka Ran of Holland third.
The men's 200 metres freestyle, and for a change, not a United States swimmer in the first three. The Americans won seven of Saturday's 11 finals, but this time the honours went to the Soviet Union. It was a close race throughout, but Andre Krilov, a finalist in the Montreal Olympics, in lane three, held off the challenge of Italy's Paolo Revelli and another Soviet swimmer Sergei Kopliakov. It was Krilov first in one minute 49 point 81 seconds, Revelli second and Kopliakov third.