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    TWO SWIMMING AND ONE HIGH BOARD DIVING FINALS WERE HELD AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES IN MEXICO CITY ON WEDNESDAY.

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    MEN'S 400 METRES FREE-STYLE FINAL; WOMEN'S 100 METRES BACKSTROKE FINAL; WOMEN'S HIGH-BOARD DIVING.




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    Background: TWO SWIMMING AND ONE HIGH BOARD DIVING FINALS WERE HELD AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES IN MEXICO CITY ON WEDNESDAY. THESE EVENTS WERE THE MEN'S 400 METRES FREE-STYLE, THE WOMEN'S 100 METRES BACKSTROKE AND THE WOMEN'S HIGH-BOARD DIVING.

    MIKE BURTON OF THE UNITED STATES, WON THE OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL IN THE MEN'S 400 METRES FREE-STYLE SWIMMING. BURTON, A 21-YEAR-OLD STUDENT, SURGED TO A DECISIVE VICTORY AFTER SETTING A TREMENDOUS PACE. HIS TIME WAS 4 MINUTES 9 SECONDS, A NEW OLYMPIC RECORD. HIS FEAT WAS ALL THE MORE REMARKABLE, BECAUSE BURTON HAD SUFFERED FROM STOMACH TROUBLE TWO DAYS BEFORE THE RACE.

    RALPH HUTTON OF CANADA, THE WORLD RECORD HOLDER FOR THE DISTANCE, WAS THE ONLY SWIMMER ABLE TO MATCH BURTON'S PACE, BUT IN THE LAST 50 METRES (YARDS) HE LOST GROUND AND FINISHED ALMOST THREE SECONDS BEHIND BURTON. HUTTON'S TIME WAS 4 MINUTES 11.7 SECONDS. BOTH BURTON AND HUTTON WERE ABOUT ONE YARD AHEAD OF THEIR RIVALS AT THE QUARTER-DISTANCE. ALAIN MOSCONI OF FRANCE, THE EUROPEAN RECORD HOLDER, WON THE BRONZE MEDAL IN 4 MINUTES 13.3 SECONDS.

    KAYE HALL OF THE UNITED STATES, A 17-YEAR-OLD HIGH SCHOOL GIRL, SET A NEW WORLD RECORD IN THE WOMEN'S 100 METRES BACKSTROKE SWIMMING FINAL. SHE WON THE DISTANCE IN 1 MINUTE 6.2 SECONDS, CUTTING A FIFTH OF A SECOND OFF THE PREVIOUS WORLD RECORD HELD BY THE SOUTH AFRICAN KAREN MUIR. THE FAVOURITE OF THE RACE, ELAINE TANNER OF CANADA, CAME SECOND IN 1 MINUTE 6.7 SECONDS, JANE SWAGERTY OF THE UNITED STATES WON THE BRONZE MEDAL.

    MILENA DUCHKOVA A 16-YEAR-OLD CZECHOSLOVAK GIRL, WON THE GOLD MEDAL IN THE WOMEN'S HIGH BOARD DIVING. SHE WON AGAINST THE FAVOURITES FROM THE UNITED STATES AND THE SOVIET UNION, NATALIA LOBANOVA OF THE SOVIET UNION, THE 21-YEAR-OLD EUROPEAN CHAMPION, WON THE SILVER MEDAL. THE AMERICAN FAVOURITES, ANN PETERSON CAME THIRD.

    NATALIA LOBANOVA WAS IN THE LEAD, AFTER THE FIRST DIVE OF WEDNESDAY. MISS DUCHKOVA RECAPTURED THE LEAD IN THE SIXTH DIVE, AND CLINCHED THE GOLD MEDALS BY SCORING THE HIGHEST MARKS IN THE SEVENTH AND FINAL DIVE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA47SN6C2TN7QOWON56MYG7DYIW
    Media URN:
    VLVA47SN6C2TN7QOWON56MYG7DYIW
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/10/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:58:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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