Swimming...and fresh talent was revealed by East Germany at their national championships in East Berlin?
Swimming...and fresh talent was revealed by East Germany at their national championships in East Berlin on Sunday, (2 July) when Barbara Krause set a new world record in the women's 200 metres freestyle. The competitions were being held to select an East German team to take part in the World Championships in West Germany next month.
SYNOPSIS: By the half way stage of the race Barbara Krause had already established a commanding lead. She is the European freestyle sprint champion, but in this particular event she had to be content to live in the shadow of her compatriot, Kornelia Ender, world record holder and Olympic gold medallist.
On the last leg of the race Miss Krause powers away to finish well clear of the rest of the field. Petra Thumer is second and Karen Metschuk third. Miss Krause's time, a new world record of one minute 59.04 seconds -- 22 seconds faster than the old one.
More than 300 swimmers from 11 clubs throughout East Germany took part in the championships. One of the main features of the competition was whether the women, who currently hold all but two world records, could maintain their world-beating standards. In this event, the women's 100 metres backstroke, Brigit Treiber took control of the race to lead home Antje Stille and cornelia Polit. Miss Treiber's time one minute 03.23 seconds.
In the past few years East Germany has dominated women's swimming in international competition. Their coaches say the answer has been a question of specialised training with a collective approach to the sport. In the 100 metres breaststroke Ramona Reinke split the field early in the race. Miss Reinke finished first, ahead of Sylvia Rinka and Marion Rosche. The winner's time was one minute 12.89 seconds.