SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Jurgen Kolenda, a 20-year-old physics major from the University of West Berlin, won the 100-meter freestyle in fin swimming Monday for his fourth gold medal of World Games I.
However, Anne-Marie Rouchon, a 20-year-old from Paris who is studying to become a physical education instructor, missed out in her quest for a fourth gold medal by finishing third in the women's 100.
While Kolenda, who won his first gold medal Saturday and added two more Sunday, was a big favorite to take the men's 100 free, which he won in 41.201 seconds, Rouchon had only an outside shot at the gold medal in the women's event. In fact, before the race, she said 'if I finish third, it will be quite an accomplishment. My strength is in the longer races.'
Like Kolenda, Rouchon won one gold Saturday and two Sunday. Anne Menguy, also of France, won the women's 100 in 49.205 with Christina Govini of Italy, who had two golds in fin swimming, taking the silver and Rouchon the bronze.
A pair of Italians finished second and third to Kolenda. Sandro Sola took the silver and Gueseppe Galantucci won the bronze.
Fin swimming, a relatively new sport in the United States but extremely popular in Europe where Russia is a power, is the only World Games sport the U.S. didn't enter.
In fin swimming, swimmers utilize a three-foot long fin with both feet inserted in the one fin. Like regular swimming, it's a speed sport and expert fin swimmers can move faster with the one fin than a conventional swimmer with dual fins.
Mark Spitz of the U.S. won five individual swimming and two relay race gold medals at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. That's a record which may never be beaten since some races have been dropped from the Olympic program since 1972.
Kolenda's winning four individual golds in World Games fin swimming, experts agree, may stand for many years, too.
The first four gold medals in karate were decided Monday with two of them going to Japan and one each to Great Britain and Taiwan.
The Japanese winners were Masayuki Naito in the 60 kilo class and Zenichi Ono in the 60 to 65 kilo class. Cecil Hackett of Britain won the 65 to 70 kilo class and Lin Chin of Taiwan took the 70 to 75 kilo class.
No Americans made it to the final four in any of the four classes. Three more finals were to be contested Monday night.