Roland Matthes

German swimmer

Roland Matthes (17 November 1950 – 20 December 2019) was a German swimmer. He won four European championships and three world championships. He won Olympic gold medals at the 1968 and 1972 and at the World Aquatics Championships in 1973 and 1975.[1]

Roland Matthes
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Matthes in 1970
Personal information
Nickname(s)"Rolls-Royce of Swimming"
NationalityEast Germany
Born(1950-11-17)17 November 1950
Pößneck, Thuringia, East Germany
Died20 December 2019(2019-12-20) (aged 69)
Wertheim, Germany
Height1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight74 kg (163 lb)
ClubSportclub Turbine Erfurt

Matthes died on 20 December 2019 of a heart attack, aged 69.[2]


  1. Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Roland Matthes". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2020-04-17. Retrieved 2019-12-22.
  2. Vierfach-Olympiasieger Roland Matthes ist tot (in German)

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