East German swimmers dominated the final day of the Japan Indoor Swimming Championships in Hiroshima on Sunday (31 March).
East German swimmers dominated the final day of the Japan Indoor Swimming Championships in Hiroshima on Sunday (31 March). The East German won all six of the finals they entered.
Two double world record holders were among the victorious East German team. Fifteen-year-old Kornelia Ender, record holder for the 100 metres freestyle and 100 metres butterfly, showed her versatility by winning the women's 200 metres freestyle.
Roland Matthes, who has broken the 100 and 200 metres backstroke records, raced to victory in the former event. But his time was well outside his won world mark.
Another world beater in action for the East German team was 17-year-old Andrea Hupner. She won the event for which she holds the record, the women's 200 metres individual medley. Kornelia Ender was second.
Other East German victors on Sunday were Helmut Froeckner, who won the men's 200 metres butterfly from Japan's Mitsutoshi Hamano; and Roger Pyttel won the men's 200 metres freestyle.
SYNOPSIS: The hundred metres backstroke on the final day of Japan's indoor swimming championships at Hiroshima on Sunday. East Germany's Roland Matthes, world record holder in this event and the two-hundred metres backstroke, showed he had lost none of the speed that brought him gold medals at the Mexico and Munich Olympics. Matthes won from Keigo Nakabe of Japan-- but the winning time was well outside the world record.
Another East German world record holder was in action in the women's two-hundred metres individual medley -- Andrea Hupner in lane five. Andrea, who's seventeen, swam to victory in a time just four seconds outside her record. Her East German team-mate, fifteen-year-old Kornelia Ender, was second.
The East Germans were making a clean sweep of Sunday's finals. In the men's two-hundred metres butterfly the man to watch is Helmut Froeckner in lane five. He won a bronze medal in this event at last year's world swimming championships, and here he won from Japan's Mitsutoshi Hamano.
Another of last year's bronze medallists, Roger Pyttel, notched up the fourth east German victory in Sunday's championships. Here he is winning the men's two-hundred metres freestyle from Japan's Yukio Hoiiuchi.
Four events entered -- and four events won. East German hopes of making a clean sweep of five finals in a row rested on fifteen-year-old Kornelia Ender in the women's two hundred metres freestyle. She's in lane five. Kornelia thrives on such challenges. She holds the world records for the hundred metres freestyle and the hundred metres butterfly. And here she showed her versatility by swimming to victory in two minutes thirteen point eight seconds. A day of outstanding success for the East German swimmers.