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Helga Arendt

Full name: Helga Arendt
Gender: Female
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
Weight: 146 lbs (66 kg)
Born: April 24, 1964 in Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Died: March 11, 2013 in Pulheim, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Affiliations: SC Eintracht Hamm, Hamm (GER)
Country: FRG West Germany
Sport: Athletics

Biography

Helga Arendt was 1989 Indoor World Champion in the 400 metres and won the silver medal at the 1988 European Indoors. The same year she ran on a team that set an indoor world record over 4×200 metres. Arendt won 14 German championships, as follows: 4×200 m indoor (1984, 1988), 4×400 m outdoor (1984, 1987-88, 1990-93), 400 m indoor (1987-89), and 400 metres outdoor (1988-89).

In 1990 an article in Der Spiegel revealed that there was a systematic doping scheme involving her home club Eintracht Hamm in the 1980s, under the guidance of then coach Jochen Spilker. Arendt and all the other female sprinters in the club had been involved - Gisela Kinzel, Silke Knoll and non-Olympians Mechthild Kluth and Andrea Hannemann - which ended their active careers shortly after the publication of the article.

Since 1999 Arendt worked as a lawyer specialized in traffic rights. She died in March 2013 after a long, difficult illness.

Personal Best: 400 – 50.36 (1988).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics Women's 400 metres West Germany FRG 7
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay West Germany FRG 4

Women's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics West Germany Final 7 51.17 7
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics West Germany Semi-Finals Heat Two 4 QU 50.36 1
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics West Germany Quarter-Finals Heat Two 3 QU 52.08 3
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics West Germany Round One Heat Seven 2 QU 52.69 2

Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(A) ST
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics West Germany FRG Final 4 3:22.49 49,95
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics West Germany FRG Round One Heat One 3 QU 3:27.75