Roland MATTHES

German Democratic Republic (Germany) GDR

Swimming

  • Olympic Medals
    4 G
    2 S
    2 B
  • Games participations
    3
  • First Olympic Games
    Mexico City 1968
  • Year of Birth
    1950
Olympic Results

Biography

Roland MATTHES

East German Roland Matthes won the 100 and 200 metre backstrokes at both the 1968 and 1972 Games, making him the most successful of all Olympic backstroke swimmers. He also won two silvers and one bronze medal in the relays and added his eighth Olympic medal (a bronze) in the 1976 100 metre backstroke. Matthes set 16 world backstroke records (seven at 100 metres and nine at 200 metres), but was also a world class performer in other events, winning silver medals at the European Championships in the freestyle and butterfly and setting three European butterfly records. Matthes was undefeated from 1967 to 1974 in the backstroke, when he was defeated by American John Naber, who succeeded him as Olympic double backstroke champion in 1976. Matthes also won the backstroke double at the 1970 and 1974 European Championships and the 1973 World Championships, and won 15 individual national titles in various events.

Matthes was briefly married (1978-82) to East German Olympic swimmer Kornelia Ender. From 1970-77 he studied sports science in Leipzig at DHfK, then studied medicine at Jena University from 1978-84, eventually working as an orthopedic surgeon. First, he was employed by the famed fencing center at Tauberbischofsheim, but he and legendary fencing coach Emil Beck had divergent opinions and they separated. Matthes then went to Marktheidenfeld to found his own practice. In 2006 he was inducted into the German Sports Hall of Fame.

Olympic Results

More results
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Montreal 1976

B
100 metres Backstroke
100 metres Backstroke Swimming
#5
100 metres Butterfly
100 metres Butterfly Swimming
#DNS
200 metres Backstroke
200 metres Backstroke Swimming
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Munich 1972

G
100 metres Backstroke
100 metres Backstroke Swimming
G
200 metres Backstroke
200 metres Backstroke Swimming
#4
100 metres Butterfly
100 metres Butterfly Swimming
B
4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay
4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay Swimming
S
4 x 100 metres Medley Relay
4 x 100 metres Medley Relay Swimming
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Mexico City 1968

G
100 metres Backstroke
100 metres Backstroke Swimming
G
200 metres Backstroke
200 metres Backstroke Swimming
S
4 x 100 metres Medley Relay
4 x 100 metres Medley Relay Swimming