Georgetown University's John Gregorek set a World University Games record in winning the 3,000-meter steeplechase tonight.
The 21-year-old Hoya won the event in 8 minutes 21.26 seconds, more than a second inside the old record of 8:22.32 set by Bronislaw Malinowski of Poland in 1975.
In swimming, three Americans won gold medals in two events as Jill Sterkel set a Games record of 1 minute 9.1 seconds in the women's 100-meter butterfly. Americans Bill Paulus and Robert Placa clocked identical times in the men's 100-meter butterfly to win dual gold medals. Both U.S. swimmers touched the wall in an exciting finish in 55.41 seconds.
Other Games records were set by Soviets Arsen Miskarov in the men's 200-meter breaststroke (2:19.42), Lina Kuchusite in the women's 200-meter breaststroke (2:35.85) and the 4x200-meter freestyle relay team (7:33.96).
Gregorek, a member of the U.S. Olympic team that boycotted the 1980 Moscow Olympics, became the seventh American track and field gold medalist of the Games. He just beat off the challenge of Finland's Tommy Ekblom, who was second in 8:21.93.