SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Of course, these are only the first World Games but it may be a long time before anyone comes along to dominate a single sport the way Jurgen Kolenda of West Germany did in swimming this year.
The 20-year-old physics major from the University of West Berlin added the 100-meter freestyle title Monday to earlier gold medal victories in the 200 freestyle, 100 meter scuba diving and 50 meter underwater for a grand total of four gold medals.
In addition, he was on a winning relay team and on another relay team which finished second. While they didn't award medals for the relay races, the way they do in the Olympic Games, Kolenda goes home with the knowledge that aside from Mark Spitz, who won five individual golds and two relay golds in the 1972 Olympics at Munich, no one individual ever has been so dominant in an international competition.
Kolenda, as might be expected, was proud of his achievement and his one hope, along with federation officials, is that fin swimming may be added to the Olympic program.
If it isn't, he won't be all that upset and instead plans to come back in two years in World Games II to see if he can do even better than he did here.
Kolenda swam in the final event -- the 1,500 meter freestyle -- in a half-hearted bid for a fifth gold but finished a distant fourth. The 1,500 is not his best event.
Anne-Marie Rouchon, a 20-year-old French brunette studying to become a physical education instructor, failed in her bid, though, for a fourth gold medal in women's fin swimming. She finished third in the 100 freestyle, which is her weakest event. Still, three golds and a bronze was quite an accomplishment in its own right.
The Netherlands beat the United States, 13-7, in the women's water polo final Monday night while Canada beat the U.S. No. 2 team, 11-3, for the bronze. Japan, meanwhile, picked up four golds in karate to challenge the host Americans for the medals lead.
The United States did not win a gold Monday but still has 10, along with 11 silvers and nine bronze. Japan has seven golds, four silvers and a bronze, while Italy has four golds, six silvers and eight bronze. France has five golds, six silvers and four bronze.
Masayuki Naito (60 kilo class), Zenichi Ono (60-65 kilo) and Osamu Kamikado (70-75 kilo) were the karate gold medal winners for Japan while countryman K. Okada won the men's kata. Other karate gold medal winners were Britain's Cecil Hackett (65-70 kilo) and Victor Charles (heavyweight), Lin Chin of Taiwan (70-75 kilo) and Ludwig Katzebue of the Netherlands (over 80 kilo). Susuko Okamura of Japan won the women's kata. Tokey Hill and Billy Blanks picked up a pair of bronze karate medals for the U.S.
Artistic roller skating, baseball and bowling, three strong American sports, feature today's program. The Games run through Sunday and by then the host country for the 1983 carnival will be decided. Canada (Toronto) made a presentation Monday night with England and Japan also in the running.