World records continue to tumble at the National Amateur Athletic Union Swimming Championships in Kansas City.
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GV Men's race in progress and crowd(6 shots)
GV Women's race (3 shots)
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REPORTER: DAVE COHEN
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Background: World records continue to tumble at the National Amateur Athletic Union Swimming Championships in Kansas City.
On Friday (22 August) the most popular breakthrough was by 18-year-old Bruce Furniss, of Long Beach, California, who smashed his own world record in the 200 metre freestyle event. He narrowly defeated his home town team mate Tim Shaw. The night before, the opposite had resulted in the 400 metre freestyle, when Furniss finished second to Shaw, in a world record time.
Furniss' new world record for the 200 metres is 1:50:37. He'd set the previous world mark of 1:50:89 on June 9 this year.
Shirley Babashoff also continued the record-breaking run with a breakthrough in the women's 200 metre freestyle. She clocked 2:02:40 to set a new world record, 14 hundredths of a second faster than her old record.
This film is served with an English commentary by TVN reporter Dave Cohen. A transcript appears overleaf.