Swimming...and Andrea Pollack of East Germany set her second world record within 24 hours at?
Swimming...and Andrea Pollack of East Germany set her second world record within 24 hours at the East German National Swimming Championships. She won the women's 200 metres butterfly in two minutes 09.87 seconds, which bettered by 1.33 seconds the old record which she set in Leningrad in April.
SYNOPSIS: The women's butterfly event took place on the fourth day of the championships, which were held at the open-air Friesen Stadium in East Berlin.
Seventeen-year-old Miss Pollack, in lane for, had lowered the 100 metres butterfly record to 59.46 seconds the previous day, She began this race with confidence, and by the end of the first length had established a narrow lead over her rivals.
Miss Pollack, a schoolgirl from East Berlin and member of the highly-successful East Berlin Dynamo Club, began to increase her lead during the third length to the obvious delight of her supporters.
When she first broke the world record three months ago, Miss Pollack, who swims up to 60 kilometres in training every day, predicted that a time of 2.10.5 would be enough to win her a gold medal in the World Championships in West Berlin next month. She will be a linchpin of the East German women's swimming squad that has totally dominated the world scene for nearly five years. The World Championships are expected to provide them with their toughest challenge since their domination began in Belgrade, in 1973. But if Miss Pollack maintains her present from, their competitors will find the East Germans very difficult to beat.
After her victory Miss Pollack said: "I had thought I might manage a time of around two minutes 11 seconds. But when I saw my half way time, I even thought I might have overdone it."