The United States have won a outright victory in the first International swimming Federation (FINA) world championships which were held in Tokyo over the weekend (1-3 September).
GV Competitors in women's 100 metres freestyle starting race
GV Crowds watching
CU Swimmers on last lap and Cynthia Woodhead of USA touches first
CU Results board showing Woodhead, first, Lene Jenssen (Norway), second, Carol Klimpel (Canada) third
SV Men's 100 metres freestyle at start
SV Swimmers on final lap and finish
GV result board showing Sims of USA first, Guarducci of Italy and Holmertz of Sweden joint second
GV Competitors for women's 200 metres freestyle lined up start
GV Section of crowd
LS Competitors on final length and finishing
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Background: The United States have won a outright victory in the first International swimming Federation (FINA) world championships which were held in Tokyo over the weekend (1-3 September). With seventeen gold medals and a total of 209-and-a-half points, the U.S. team put Europe and Canada in second and third place.
SYNOPSIS: The girl who perhaps more than any other helped her team to win was fifteen-year old Cynthia Woodhead from California. At the start of the women's 100 metres freestyle, she already had three gold medals to her credit and a superb performance over the 100 metres made no-one doubt that she could win again.
Cynthia Woodhead swam the 100 metres freestyle in a new American record time of 55-point-63 seconds. She finished ahead of Norway's Lene Jenssen and Canada's Carol Klimpel.
The men's 100 metres freestyle brought another American victory --- at the start the United States freestyle expert Byron Sims.
The crowd approved Sims' determination to win. The American homed in almost effortlessly to win the race in a time of just 51-point-37 seconds. Sims' winning time was almost a tenth of a second faster than the joint seconds, Marcello Guarducci of Italy, and Pelle Holmertz of Sweden.
But as much as the Americans dominated the championships, their Cynthia Woodhead was the outstanding swimmer of the competition. Here she is at the start of the women's 200 metres freestyle.
Sixty records were broken at the championships -- and in the last lap of her race, Cynthia Woodhead was well on the way to breaking one of them. Her winning time was one minute-point-23 seconds. If left New Zealand's Rebecca Perrott and Canada's Wendy Quirk in second and third place.