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    The second final in the European Swimming Championships in Vienna yesterday (August 18) produced a new world record.

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    The second final in the European Swimming Championships in Vienna yesterday (August 18) produced a new world record. East Germany's Ulrike Tauber set the new world mark in the Women's 200 metres individual medley.

    Her time of two minutes 18.97 seconds convincingly smashed the existing record of two minutes 2.51 seconds, set by East German teammate Andrea Huebner at last year's World Championships.

    Right from the start, Ulrike Tauber showed the pace that made her the fastest qualifier. She went to the front, and with no-one making any concerted challenge in any of the four strokes involved in the medley, notched a superb five-yard victory.

    Second was teammate Andrea Huebner, and I. Fetisova of the Soviet Union was third.

    SYNOPSIS: The start of the women's two-hundred metres individual medley at the European Swimming Championships in Vienna on Sunday -- and a new world record in prospect. East German world record holder Andrea Huebner had been pressed throughout the heats by her teammate, Ulrike Tauber. Tauber's in lane four, Huebner in lane five. And straight away in the butterfly it was Tauber just edging ahead, showing the kind of form that made her the fastest qualifier for this event. But andrea Huebner set her world record at the first world championships in Belgrade last year, and she's still a force to be reckoned with.

    Tauber still leading down the backstroke leg. This sixteen-year-old East German schoolgirl from Karl-Marx-Stadt first made an impact in March this year, setting two unofficial world records in a pool that sadly didn't come up to international standards.

    Into the breaststroke, and still no challenge ???o Ulrike Tauber's powerful swimming. She's the latest product of the remarkable East German coaching system, that has produced three world records by woman swimmers on the way to these European Championships. And, as an indication of how they would dominate these championships, East German girls have returned the fastest time in Europe this year in no less than eight events.

    Still unchallenged, Tauber leads towards the finish in the final freestyle leg. She kept up the pace to win by five yards from teammate Andrea Huebner, with Fetisova of the Soviet Union third. Tauber's time of two minutes eighteen point nine-seven seconds smashed the existing world record by over one and a half seconds -- a remarkable performance by this sixteen year old schoolgirl.

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