Many Olympic swimmers were among the competitors in an international meeting held at The Hague on Saturday and Sunday, 22nd and 23rd April under the auspices of the Royal Dutch Swimming Association.
Many Olympic swimmers were among the competitors in an international meeting held at The Hague on Saturday and Sunday, 22nd and 23rd April under the auspices of the Royal Dutch Swimming Association. Eight countries were represented - Holland, Belgium, France, Great Britain, East Germany, West Germany, Spain and the United States.
On the first day, 22nd April, G. Tittes, the Rostock swimmer who was a member of the East German team at the Rome Olympic Games, won the men's 100 metres breast stroke in 1 min.10.7 secs -- 4/5ths of a second better time than the world record of 1 min.11.5 secs held by the Russian swimmer W. Minaschkin. But as the lane at The Hauge bath was only 25 metres long, as compared with the official championship lane length of 50 metres, Tittes's excellent time has no official standing.
In other events on the first day, the women's 100 metres breast stroke was won by Holland's Miss G. Kok, a finalist in the Rome Olympics; the 200 metres women's back stroke by another Dutch finalist in the Rome Olympic Games, Miss R. van Velsen; and the 100 metres free style for men by a third member of the Dutch Rome Olympics team, R. Kroon, with the West Germany Olympics swimmer, w. Baumann, third.
The second day also produced exciting races. Miss R. van Velsen again did well, winning the 100 metres women's back stroke in a new Dutch record time of 1 min.9.6 secs; a West German, H. Troger, of Munich, and an East German, G. Tittes, of Rostock, were first and second, respectively, in men's 200 metres breast stroke, with a third German, G. Buchel, of Bremen and the West German team, third.
The women's 100 metres butterfly stroke went to an American, Miss N. Ramey, whose time was 1 min.11.7 secs.
The Dutch women won the 400 metres relay, mixed stroke race for women, with the East Germans second, a Dutch-British-American team third and the French team fourth.