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    Two world records were broken at the European Swimming Championships in Vienna on Saturday (24 August).

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    GV 100 Metres Freestyle Men's final - starts and ends (4 shots)

    GV 200 Metres Men's Medley last lap (2 shots)

    GV Medley Relay race - 400 Metres Womens' last lap of backstroke (4 shots)

    GV Last 100 metres of relay (breast-stroke) -- Kornelia Ender wins with new world record (6 shots)

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    Background: Two world records were broken at the European Swimming Championships in Vienna on Saturday (24 August).

    David Wilkie of Great Britain won his second Gold Medal and set a new world record in the 200 metres individual medley with a time of 2 minutes 6.32 seconds.

    The East German women's 4 x 100 metres medley relay team of Ulricke Richter, Renate Vogel, Rosemarie Kother and Kornelia Ender destroyed their own would record in the final with a time of 4 minutes 13.78 seconds, slashing 3.06 seconds off the time they set in the World Championships last year.

    In the men's 100 metre freestyle Peter Nocke of West Germany beat V. Bure of the U.S.S.R. to a close finish. The favourite for the race, M. Rousseau of France, only managed fourth place.

    SYNOPSIS: The start of the men's one hundred metres freestyle race at the European Swimming Championships in Vienna on Saturday and the favourite, Michel Rousseau of France, is in lane two. But he is completely outpaced by Peter Nocke of West Germany in lane three, who wins after a close finish against Vladimir Bure of the Soviet Union, in lane four.

    This is the last lap of the two hundred metres men's medley and the East German swimmer Christian Lietzmann is in the lead from Britain's David Wilkie and Hargitary of Hungary. But twenty five metres from the finish Wilkie makes a final spring against the East German and streaks ahead to win with a time of two minutes, six-point-three-two-seconds, which is nearly a second better than the existing world record.

    Now it's the time for the women to show their paces in the four by one hundred metres medley relay final...and it looks very much as if the East German team, who have already broken nine world records at the championships, are all set for another victory. On the first backstroke leg of the race Ulricke Richter of East Germany takes the lead and effortlessly breaks her own world record, which she set the previous day. Her time -- one minute, three nought point eight seconds.

    The East German women have been the sensation of this year's championships -- even to the extent that rumours have been circulating that they had been treated with male hormones. In this final leg of the medley race Kornelia Ender is well ahead of the West German and Swedish swimmers and keeps up the pace to break yet another world record with a time of four minutes, thirteen point seven-eight seconds. This beats the time they set in the World Championships last year.

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