INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: World Points – 901, Pre-1986 Points –
0, Total Points – 901; Since 1970, he has competed in seven age groups (60-65
thru 90-94); 43 FINA MASTERS WORLD RECORDS;
1924, at the age of twelve, young Richard Reinstaedtler joined the swim club
‘Freie Schwimmer Duesseldorf’ where he learned to swim. Although his main
emphasis was in swimming and handball, a talented athlete, Richard also
participated in diving, water polo and track & field. As he got older, Richard
was able to mix his sports training with a technician apprenticeship while he
prepared for engineering college. In 1933, Hitler started the coordination of
all sport clubs and Richard was able to place a sport emphasis on swimming and
water polo in Duesseldorf’s swim club ‘DSC 98’, and handball in Germany’s best
league ‘TUS Gerresheim.’
meantime, he finished engineering college and in 1936 started working in a
rolling-mill and hydraulic compressor producing company in Duesseldorf.
World War II greatly affected his professional and athletic careers as he was
called to army service in the fall of 1943. During the next year, he was
assigned to work on technical standards for the V2 at Wernher von Braun Military
Service Arsenal in Pennemuende.
married in July of 1944 and in September, he was delegated to Vienna’s technical
college, where he worked with Prof. Loesel on the development of a portable
power station. He remained there until the end of the war, and then four weeks
later he was able to return to his old company in Duesseldorf. Throughout these
turbulent years there was hardly time for intense physical activity.
the war he restarted his swimming, water polo, and handball careers at his
former club ‘Freie Schwimmer’ and began to take part in the first swimming
competitions that later became Masters meets and championships. In 1958, he
competed in his first German Swimming Championship for older folks and placed
second in his age group in the 50m backstroke. He has taken part in 40 German
Masters Championships for long and short course competitions winning 46 German
titles and 48 vice titles. He has competed in many foreign swim championships in
the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, France, Sweden,
Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Luxemburg, and Austria.
job as chief engineer of the company required extended travel abroad to
South-East Europe, North and South America, Africa, and China, not allowing him
the time to swim.
However, with his retirement at age 65 in 1974, he was able to spend more time
focusing on swimming and competing in international events. At the first
unofficial Masters World Championships in Toronto in 1985 he placed second in
the 50 meter, 100 meter, and 200 meter backstroke events, as well as in the
diving event. The following year at the second unofficial World Championships in
Brisbane he won the 50 meter, 100 meter, and 200 meter backstroke and placed
third in the 50 meter freestyle and 200 meter individual medley. At that meet he
set four World records in his age group (75-79) in the backstroke events and in
the 100 meter individual medley.
that time Richard has competed in five European Championships, winning 18
European and 10 Vice European titles. He has competed in six FINA Masters World
Championships with 30 individual starts, winning 17 gold medals, 10 silver
medals and 3 bronze medals.
Richard has set 43 FINA Masters World Records. One of his greatest successes is
listed in the 1998 Guinness Book of World Records when he broke 6 World records
in one day at Ingelheim in 1997.
2003 at the age of 90, Richard achieved the requirements for the German Sports
Certificate of the German Sports Association (DSB) for the thirty-first time.
Since the last listed requirements are for the 75-80 age group, he had to
achieve the requirements for this much-younger age group, fifteen years his
FINA Masters competition, Richard has acquired 75 number one, 38 number two and
24 number three world rankings.