At the world rowing championships in Amsterdam the East Germans have virtually swept the board with 11 gold medals in 14 events.
At the world rowing championships in Amsterdam the East Germans have virtually swept the board with 11 gold medals in 14 events. The races were dominated by powerful teams from Eastern Europe.
SYNOPSIS: Since the two Germanies began rowing separately in 1966 the East Germans have steadily taken a strangle-hold on the world championships.
Their coxless four, seen here beating the West Germans, contributed to a grand total of 14 medals in the men's and women's events. The men captured five golds, two silver and one bronze while the women took six gold medals. Although the championships usually see upheavals in a post-Olympic year, the East Germans have achieved a sufficient depth of good rowers to keep them firmly established at the top.
In fact on of the few upsets came when double scullers Chris Baillieu and Mike Hart of Great Britain beat the Soviet pair for Britain's first gold medal at the championships in twenty years. During the past five years the British have had to be content with minor medals, although on this occasion there was another surprise when the new coxless pair of John Roberts and Jim Clark won a silver.
East Germany's only reversal came when their Olympic champions in the coxed pairs were beaten by Bulgaria. It was the first gold medal for the Bulgarian men in a world championship.
But the East Germans demonstrated their superiority once again when they won the eights against strong competition from the Soviet Union and West Germany. Until recently the Soviets have been considered to have an inexhaustible supply of world class oarsmen, but they now appear to be in a decline.