INTRODUCTION: 18-years-old American Tracy Caulkins - with a world second in the 200 metres - led the United States to overall victory in the Arena short-course swimming competition which ended in Paris on Sunday.
GV INTERIOR National Flags and Pool.
GV Start women's 200 metres breast stroke (2 shots) (Tracy Caulkins in front)
SV Crowd look on.
GV Caulkins final stages, and wins.
SV PULL BACK TO GV INTERIOR POOL START OF MEN'S 100 metres free style.
GV Final stages of race and finish.
GV START OF Men's 400 metres free style final stages (2 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: 18-years-old American Tracy Caulkins - with a world second in the 200 metres - led the United States to overall victory in the Arena short-course swimming competition which ended in Paris on Sunday. Miss Caulkins notched up 4 wins in the 3-day meeting, twice defending East German Olympic gold medallist Petra Schneider. The United States team collected 12 first places, followed by the Soviet Union with 8, and East Germany, 6. The three traditional giants of international swimming dominated the competition, despite the fact that all three were without some of their top swimmers.
On Saturday (February 7), all eyes were on America's young Tracy Caulkins, who took an early lead in the 200 metres breast stroke, and went on to set a new world record in the event, demonstrating the style that had won her 5 gold medals at the 1978 World Championships. Miss Caulkins, aged 18, from Nashville, Tennessee, has put herself in the front rank of world swimming with her powerful style.
She maintained her lead to win the race in 2 mins 27.32 secs - beating the previous second by .22 seconds.
The biggest upset of the weekend came in the 100 metres men's freestyle. East Germany's Olympic champion Joerg Woithe, in lane 4, was favourite to win the event. But, in lane 5, America's Greg Kraus found top form.
Kraus, who was only fifth in last year's U.S. nationals, edged ahead of Woithe to win in 49.87 seconds.
There was a more predictable result in the 400 metres men's free style. In lane 4, the Soviet Union's Vladimir Salnikov, the first person to swim the 1500 metres in under 15 minutes, easily adapted to the shorter distance.
Salnikov finished in 3 minutes 48 seconds, almost 3 seconds clear of fellow Soviet swimmer Sergei Rusin, in lane 3.