1989 Honor Swimmer
FOR THE RECORD: OLYMPIC GAMES: 1980 gold (100m, 200m backstroke; relay); WORLD
RECORDS: 5 (100m, 200m backstroke; relay); EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: 1981 gold
(100m, 200m backstroke; relay); EUROPEAN RECORDS: 5 (100m, 200m backstroke;
For good measure, she tied the four year old Olympic and world record of Hall of Famer, Ulrike Richter, a blazing 1:01.51 while leading off the medley relay. Two days later, Reinisch swam the 100 meter backstroke preliminaries and lowered the record to 1:01.50. The following day in the Olympic finals she did it again, gold medaling with a time of 1:00.86. In the 200 meter backstroke she got another gold with a time of 2:11.77, breaking Linda Jezek's world record of 2:11.93. She performed the same two backstrokes and medley relay hat trick in the European Championships. The next year she set three European records to match her three Olympic records.
Reinishc made believers for her Coach, Uwe Neumann. This Dresden sensation
joined teammates Richter, a triple winner in the 1976 Montreal Olympics and
Birgit Treiber - two silver and bronze in 1980. All three were coached by
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