May 28, 1992 |
A court in Magdeburg, Germany, ruled that German swimmer Astrid Strauss can make a bid for another berth on the Olympic team while she is under investigation for possible drug use. The court ordered the German Swimming Federation to allow the Olympic silver medalist to compete at the national championships or face a fine. Strauss, second-place finisher in the 800-meter freestyle at the 1988 Games, was suspended last week until the completion of an investigation by the swimming federation.
August 7, 1985 |
Olympic champion Michael Gross took the gold medal for West Germany in the 200-meter freestyle, but it was East Germany's women who dominated the second day of the European Swimming Championship Tuesday, winning three events. They threatened their own world record in the 800-meter freestyle relay and also won the 400-meter medley and the 100-meter freestyle. Gross defended his European championship title, covering the distance in 1 minute 47.95 seconds--0.
August 9, 1985 |
Stefan Caron of France won the men's 100-meter freestyle at the European Swimming and Diving Championships Thursday, the first gold medal for France in this event since 1970. Meanwhile, East Germany continued to dominate, winning four of six events and finishing second in two. Caron, 18, won in 50.20 seconds, beating 1980 world and Olympic champion Joerg Woithe of East Germany, who finished in 50.38.
December 23, 1987 |
Janet Evans won the 800-meter freestyle Tuesday night at the U.S. Swimming Open and set her third meet record. The 5-foot 4-inch Evans broke away from the field at the 300-meter mark and won in a time of 8 minutes 24.71 seconds. The time shattered the meet record of 8:32.70 held by East Germany's Astrid Strauss. "I would have liked it if somebody had been up there with me," Evans said. "It's been so long since I swam against somebody side-by-side, I don't know what it feels like."
August 23, 1986 |
Matt Biondi, the world's fastest swimmer, managed only third place in the first-ever 50-meter freestyle final at the World Swimming Championships Friday, but fellow American Tom Jager took the gold. West German Michael Gross failed in a bid to lower his world record while retaining his 200-meter butterfly title. But East German Kristin Otto added the 200-meter individual medley gold to the 100-meter freestyle title she won earlier in the meet.