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 21 European records in various backstroke, butterfly, freestyle and medley events. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Roland Matthes has received more than 67,709 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). Roland Matthes is the 11th most popular swimmer (up from 14th in 2019), the 3,335th most popular biography from Germany (down from 2,685th in 2019) and the most popular German Swimmer.

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Among swimmers, Roland Matthes ranks 11 out of 392Before him are Alfréd Hajós, Gertrude Ederle, Arne Borg, Henry Taylor, Don Schollander, and Ann Curtis. After him are Rie Mastenbroek, Ethelda Bleibtrey, Erich Rademacher, Kornelia Ender, Ian Thorpe, and Charles Daniels.

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Among people born in 1950, Roland Matthes ranks 235Before him are Jerry Zucker, Li Yuanchao, Josiane Balasko, Waldemar Cierpinski, Terry Bozzio, and Boris Gryzlov. After him are Derek de Lint, Leonard Whiting, Phillip Noyce, Amy Madigan, Joey Kramer, and John Terry. Among people deceased in 2019, Roland Matthes ranks 244Before him are Bob Hawke, Lyndon LaRouche, Julie Adams, Sergei Yursky, Diahann Carroll, and Michael J. Pollard. After him are Omero Antonutti, Michel Aumont, Guillaume Faye, Sven Lindqvist, Ram Dass, and Freddie Jones.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Roland Matthes ranks 3,335 out of 5,289Before him are Franz Nissl (1860), Max von Hausen (1846), Paul Josef Cordes (1934), Princess Charlotte Sophie of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (1731), Jean Cabanis (1816), and Anna Hübler (1885). After him are Klaus Fichtel (1944), Leopold Andrian (1875), Johann Georg von Hahn (1811), Josef Bradl (1918), Josias von Heeringen (1850), and Ruth Fuchs (1946).

Among SWIMMERS In Germany

Among swimmers born in Germany, Roland Matthes ranks 1After him are Erich Rademacher (1901), Kornelia Ender (1958), Hilde Schrader (1910), Barbara Krause (1959), Michael Gross (1964), Andrea Pollack (1961), Ulrike Richter (1959), Rica Reinisch (1965), Ines Diers (1963), Jörg Woithe (1963), and Hannelore Anke (1957).