Hans-Joachim Fassnacht

Hans Fassnacht, also Faßnacht, ( born November 28, 1950 in Wollenberg ) is a former German swimmer.

Fassnacht swam for the swim club Mannheim and the vernacular Water Mannheim. During his career, he set 32 German and 22 European records. World records he set in 1969 about 400 m freestyle ( 4:04,0 minutes) and 1971 over 200 m butterfly ( 2:03,3 minutes).

He was twelve times German champion and twice champion of the United States. At the European Championships in 1970 Fassnacht won six medals: gold over 200 m, 1500 m and 4 × 200 m freestyle; Silver in the 400m freestyle and 400 m medley and the 4 × 100 m medley relay.

Among his greatest successes, the silver medal is for the 4 × 200 m freestyle relay ( in the cast: Klaus Steinbach, Werner lamp, Hans -Günther Vosseler and Hans Fassnacht ) at the Olympic Games in Munich in 1972 (Gold won the U.S. relay team with the legendary Mark Spitz ). In the individual he was fifth on 200 m butterfly.

Fassnacht had gone to California in 1969 to prepare for Don Gambril to the Olympic Games in Munich. At California State College at Long Beach, he began studying business administration. After the games, he announced his retirement from competitive sports and finished his studies in the United States. He then worked as a marketing manager at a swimwear company in France. The mid-1980s he returned to the United States to work with an American swimwear company. He lives in Huntington Beach.

In the years 1969, 1970 and 1971, he was elected to Germany's Sportsman of the Year. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the international swimming sport in 1992.

Used literature

  • Hans Fassnacht, World Sports Archives 29/1999 of 12 July 1999 ( ph), in Munzinger archive ( beginning of the article freely available )
  • The Brockhaus Mannheim 400-year city of squares - the lexicon. Mannheim Leipzig 2006, pp. 309f. ISBN 3-7653-0181-7, p 90