1986 Honor Swimmer
FOR THE RECORD: OLYMPIC GAMES: 1976 bronze (200m butterfly); WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: 1973 gold (200m butterfly; relay), silver (100m butterfly); 1975 gold (200m butterfly; relay), silver (100m butterfly); EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: 1974 gold (100m, 200m butterfly; relay); WORLD RECORDS: 8 (100m, 200m butterfly; 3 relays); EAST GERMAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: 5 (1972: gold 100m, 200m butterfly; 1973, 1974, 1975: gold (200m butterfly).
Rosemarie Gabriel Kother was the
supreme women's flyer of her time. She broke the 200 Fly World Record five
consecutive times between 1973 and 1976. Holder of all world records, she
had to settle for a 1976 Montreal Olympic bronze in her usually dominant race,
the 200 Fly. She had come out of retirement to swim this and the two relay
preliminaries. Her greatest achievements were in the World Championships
and European Championships between Olympics where she won four golds and two
silvers swimming during the same period as her teammate Kornelia Ender.
Rosemarie won two golds and a silver in the first World Championships at
Belgrade, (1973), in what was one of the Games outstanding performances.
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