SPLIT, YUGOSLAVIA, AUG. 28 -- The women of East Germany, making its final appearance as an entity in international sports, and Britain's dominant men's team, led by Linford Christie and Steve Backley, each won two gold medals at the European Track and Field Championships today.
The East German victories, by sprinter Katrin Krabbe and long jumper Heike Drechsler, on the second day of the six-day quadrennial meet, followed that of another East German woman, Astrid Kumbernuss, on Monday in the shot put.
Next year, following unification expected later this year, East Germany and West Germany will be competing under one flag.
Krabbe, 20, the 1988 world junior champion, never trailed in leading a national sweep in the 100-meter dash. Her time of 10.89 seconds matched her personal best and was the third fastest in the world this year. Silke Moeller placed second in 11.10 and Kerstin Behrendt third in 11.17.
"I knew the gold was reserved for Krabbe," Behrendt said. "She is the current queen of European sprint."
Moeller said that Krabbe "cannot be beaten at this moment. She is currently so superior that sometimes we feel helpless."
Drechsler, 25, making a comeback after becoming a mother, proved she still is a world-class competitor by winning the long jump at 23 feet 11 1/2 inches, second-best in the world this year.
Marieta Ilcu of Romania was second at 23-0 1/2 and Helga Radtke of East Germany third at 22-9 1/4.
Christie salvaged a bad season and overcame a bad start in winning the men's 100 in a wind-aided 10.00. Backley, the world javelin record holder at 298-6, won at 286-5.
The day's other gold medal went to Pavol Blazek of Czechoslovakia in the men's 20-kilometer walk in 1:22:05.
Christie trailed early, before sweeping past Daniel Sangouma of France in the final 12 meters. Sangouma took second in 10.04 and John Regis of Britain third in 10.07.
"It feels great to be back in good condition again," said Christie, who has been troubled by injuries throughout the season.
Backley had to sit out nearly a one-hour rain delay during the javelin final. But his final throw was his best of the day.
Viktor Zaitsev of the Soviet Union finished second at 273-3 and former world record holder Patrik Boden of Sweden third at 271-2.