Roland Matthes

1950 - 2019

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Roland Matthes (German pronunciation: [ˈʁoːlant ˈmatəs], audio ; 17 November 1950 – 20 December 2019) was a German swimmer and the most successful backstroke swimmer of all time. Between April 1967 and August 1974 he won all backstroke competitions he entered. He won four European championships and three world championships in a row, and swam 19 world and 28 European records in various backstroke, butterfly and medley events. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Roland Matthes has received more than 73,439 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). Roland Matthes is the 8th most popular swimmer (up from 11th in 2019), the 3,393rd most popular biography from Germany (down from 3,334th in 2019) and the most popular Swimmer.

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Among swimmers, Roland Matthes ranks 8 out of 392Before him are Michael Phelps, Mark Spitz, Alfréd Hajós, Gertrude Ederle, Duke Kahanamoku, and Rie Mastenbroek. After him are Don Schollander, Arne Borg, Kornelia Ender, Greta Andersen, Ann Curtis, and István Bárány.

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Among people born in 1950, Roland Matthes ranks 214Before him are Angelo Branduardi, Thom Barry, Leonard Whiting, Nelsinho Baptista, Martine Aubry, and Josiane Balasko. After him are Dee Dee Bridgewater, Helen Clark, Assef Shawkat, Phillip Noyce, Bill Irwin, and Philippe Barbarin. Among people deceased in 2019, Roland Matthes ranks 217Before him are Julie Adams, Pal Benko, Egil Danielsen, Lee Radziwill, Lydia Wideman, and Achille Silvestrini. After him are Vladimir Etush, Michael Gielen, Fahrudin Jusufi, Herman Wouk, Janet Asimov, and Reinhard Bonnke.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Roland Matthes ranks 3,393 out of 6,142Before him are Burgravine Louise Isabelle of Kirchberg (1772), Nuri Şahin (1988), Marcel Ophüls (1927), Anna Maria of Brunswick-Calenberg-Göttingen (1532), Nicole Brown Simpson (1959), and Prince Johann Georg of Hohenzollern (1932). After him are Gottfried August Homilius (1714), Gustav Adolph, Duke of Mecklenburg-Güstrow (1633), Dominic Monaghan (1976), Otto von Münchhausen (1716), Jonas Kaufmann (1969), and Franz Kaiser (1891).

Among SWIMMERS In Germany

Among swimmers born in Germany, Roland Matthes ranks 1After him are Kornelia Ender (1958), Hilde Schrader (1910), Erich Rademacher (1901), Max Hainle (1882), Emil Rausch (1883), Barbara Krause (1959), Michael Gross (1964), Andrea Pollack (1961), Jörg Woithe (1963), Ulrike Richter (1959), and Rica Reinisch (1965).