The World Swimming Championships ended in West Berlin on Monday night (28 August) with America's team the outstanding winners with 20 gold medals.
The World Swimming Championships ended in West Berlin on Monday night (28 August) with America's team the outstanding winners with 20 gold medals. The East Germans, who have dominated many of the events in previous years, managed only one gold medal in this championship.
SYNOPSIS: It was Barbara Krause in the women's 100 metres freestyle who brought East Germany a victory as the championship drew to a close. Krause forged ahead to win with a time of 55.68 seconds, a mere fifth of a second outside her own world record. Second was Lene Jenssen of Norway and third, Larisa Tsareva of the Soviet Union. Tsareva's victory on the final day confirmed the Soviet Union's second place in the final medal table.
But that result was countered by the United States in the final of the men's 100 metres freestyle. Giant David McCagg -- he stands six feet four inches (193 cms) tall, grabbed gold in a powerful dash in 50.24 seconds ahead of his compatriot Jim Montgomery. The race was marked by the noisiest crowd reaction for the championships as the popular West German Klaus Steinbach became Europe's fastest swimmer with a time of 50.79 in third place.
In the other race of the closing night, the women's 800 metres freestyle, the interest focussed on Tracey Wickham, the young Australian world record holder. Certainly from the start, the schoolgirl from Brisbane looked unbeatable. It was only three weeks ago that she lowered the record by an incredible six seconds. Her main challenger was another 15 year old, Cynthia Woodhead of the United States. She'd already won the 200 metres crawl gold medal with a world record time. But Wickham held onto finish only one third of a second outside her own record. Woodhead was second, and Kimberly Lineham, another American, was third.