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Names In The Game

October 22, 1990

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) _ Roland Matthes, Kornelia Ender and Kristin Otto.

They were the stars of East German swimming, perhaps the most successful sports program in history. Last Friday, it officially became just a memory.

After producing winners of 38 Olympic gold medals, 50 world titles and 132 European crowns in less than 2 1/2 decades, the East German swimming federation followed the political union and joined the West German swimming organization to form one German team.

Matthes won gold medals in the 100- and 200-meter backstroke at the 1968 Olympics. The backstroker, the first man to swim the 100 meters under one minute, repeated as double gold medalist at the 1972 Games at Munich.

Four years later, East German women won 11 gold medals and lost only two events at the Montreal Games. Ender was the star, winning four golds.

Matthes and Ender became East Germany’s glamor couple and married in 1978. Between them, they had set 40 world records.

In 1988, the East German women won 10 Olympic golds, Otto collecting six.

At the time, no one knew those 10 would be the last Olympic golds for East German women swimmers.


ROLDE, Netherlands (AP) - The Dutch national soccer team’s performance is so pitiful that watching it on television is not allowed for the Rolder Boys amateurs, their coach said Monday.

The players from this eastern village were prohibited from watching captain Ruud Gullit’s team of ″hopeless″ players, after The Netherlands lost 1-0 to Portugal in a European Championship qualifying match, coach Frans Geers said.

Soccer critics said the team lacked cohesiveness and some said past successes had turned the team into prima donnas.

″From now on, we won’t watch the Dutch team until they can provide a better example for my players,″ said Geers, whose team leads a local amateur soccer league.

Asked which teams he considered a good example, Geers said, ″England, Italy, Germany . . . teams that work together.″


SOTOGRANDE, Spain (AP) - Five years ago, Geneva-based financier Jaime Ortiz-Patino was looking to add something to his life on Costa del Sol’s crowded fairways. So he bought his own golf course near his vacation home.

But the 60-year-old heir to a Bolivian tin fortune did not want just any golf course. Armed with a passionate sense of commitment and a seemingly inexhaustable supply of cash, he vowed to make the Valderrama Golf Club the ″Augusta National of Europe.″

He has succeeded. Valderrama, with its lush fairways and a small, exclusive membership now is generally regarded as one of the top golf courses in Europe, maybe even No. 1.

Just as the U.S. Masters made Augusta National Golf Club familiar to Americans, Ortiz-Patino made his course familiar to Europeans in 1987 by attracting the Volvo Masters, now the showcase event of the PGA European Tour.

The third Volvo Masters will be played Thursday through Sunday at Valderrama.

To prepare Valderrama for the Volvo Masters, Ortiz-Patino got the expertise of Earl Bengeyfield, national director of the greens section of the U.S. Golf Association. He also called on a tall Southern gentleman, Harry Buchanan, the chairman of the greens section at Augusta National.


MILAN, Italy (AP) - Ayrton Senna was in two familiar positions Monday - world driving champion and the target of intense criticism for the way the title was clinched.

From the head of motor-racing’s international ruling body, to officials of defeated Ferrari, to the news media, the Brazilian driver for McLaren-Honda was blasted for the collision with arch-rival Alain Prost at Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix.

Senna rammed into Prost’s Ferrari at the first bend of the first lap. The accident knocked both cars out of the race and thereby clinched the title for Senna.

″Senna, world champion pirate,″ read a frontpage headline of Italy’s largest sports daily, Gazzetta dello Sport of Milan. ″The Brazilian rams Prost and makes his title dirty.″

″Senna won the world championship of bumper cars,″ Milan’s daily Il Giorno wrote on the front page.

Prost and Senna also collided at the 1989 Japanese race, that crash clinching the Formula One title for Prost. Observers think Sunday’s repeat may have been premeditated.

″Kamikaze Senna sinks Prost,″ Stampa Sera, a daily in Ferrari’s hometown of Turin, said. ″Senna had never given up the idea to take vengeance for last year’s collision . . . and threw mud on his second world title with a piratic behavior.″

The Italian media said that Ferrari asked auto racing’s governing body, FISA, to discipline Senna. Umberto Agnelli, vice-president of Fiat, which owns the Ferrari team, said that ″one could have expected a more sporting outcome . . . ″

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