Olympics: German swimming flops force rethink ahead of Rio
LONDON (AFP) - Germany finished the Olympic's eight-day swimming programme on Saturday without an Olympic medal for the first time in 80 years with changes promised ahead of Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
The German team will leave London without a single swimming podium placing for the first time since 1932 as ex-champion Britta Steffen missed bronze by seven hundredths of a second in the 50m freestyle final.
Having claimed two of her country's three swimming medals at Beijing 2008 with golds in the 50m and 100m freestyle, Steffen finished fourth as Holland's Ranomi Kromowidjojo took gold and the German's Olympic record.
The German men's 4x100 medley relay team then finished sixth in the final swimming event of the Olympics to leave their team medal-less.