1990 Honor Swimmer
FOR THE RECORD: OLYMPIC GAMES: 1976 gold (100m breaststroke, relay); WORLD RECORDS: 2 (100m breaststroke, relay); EUROPEAN RECORDS: 3 (100m, 200m breaststroke); WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: 1973 silver (200m breaststroke); 1975 gold (100m, 200m breaststroke, relay).
Hannelore Anke heads the list of spectacular GDR
(East German) swimmers who dominated the world of women's swimming after the
1972 Munich Olympics through the 1970s and 1980s. She is first, because
her name heads the alphabet. She would be in any first group because she
and her fabulous German Democratic Republic teammates won Olympic gold medals
and set world records in abundance. Anke, along with Kornelia Ender and
many others, came out of the famed Karl Marx Sportsclub in East Berlin.
Within three years of her 1968 beginning with the club, she won her first
European Championship in the 200 meter breaststroke. By 1973, dressed in
one of the first skin suits, she placed second in the first Swimming World
Championships at Belgrade. By the second World Championships in Cali two
years later, the world had dressed up to the East German skin suits, but not to
the swimmers inside the suits. Anke again led the victory parade, first
across the board in the 100 meter breaststroke, the 200 meter breaststroke and
the breaststroke portion of the winning GDR 4x100 medley relay. Her short
brilliant career climaxed at the Montreal Olympics in 1976 where she
breaststroked to two gold medals and two world records, this time in the 100
meter breaststroke and medley relay.
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