BERLIN, Germany, June 24. THE fifth championship was the most impressive. Steamrolling the competition at the German Championships, Helge Meeuw took down a long-standing European record on Saturday as he covered the 200-meter backstroke in 1:56.34. That swim lowered the Euro record of Spain’s Martin Zubero, who clocked 1:56.57 in 1991.
Meeuw has packaged a spectacular week in Berlin, as he had already won the 50 and 100 backstrokes and the 100 and 200 butterfly events heading into his distance-dorsal performance. Undoubtedly, Meeuw figures to be a major player at the European Championships, scheduled to begin in late July in Budapest, Hungary. In the 200 back, Meeuw was followed by Ernest Fahrland (2:01.38).
Complementing an earlier win in the 400 individual medley, Nicole Hetzer won the 200 I.M. with a clocking of 2:14.71, ahead of the 2:15.95 marks posted by Annika Mehlhorn and Katharina Schiller in their tie for second place. Meanwhile, Antje Buschschulte prevailed in the 50 butterfly as she negotiated the one-lap sprint in 26.70. For the men, Johannes Dietrich won the 50 fly (23.89) and Johannes Neumann won the 200 breast (2:15.94).