Full name: Brigitte Berendonk (-Franke)
Height: 5'10" (179 cm)
Weight: 163 lbs (74 kg)
Born: May 2, 1942 in Dankmarshausen, Thüringen, Germany
Affiliations: USC Heidelberg, Heidelberg (GER)
Country: West Germany
Brigitte Berendonk grew up in the former GDR and in 1958 defected with her family to the West. She was 1971 German champion in the discus throw and runner-up in 1967-70, and 1972-73. In the shot put she was 1973 German champion. In 1969 she was nominated for the European Championships, but could not start due to the West German boycott. Berendonk studied English and sports at Freiburg.
Beside her sports career she was known primarily for her 1991 book Doping. Von der Forschung zum Betrug (Doping: From Research to Fraud) in which she exposed the state-prescribed doping practices in competitive sports in the GDR. The book is based on research in East German Stasi (state security) files and archives, undertaken by Berendonk and her husband, the esteemed molecular biologist, Professor Werner Franke. Due to this research German drug laws were amended in 1998 and it resulted in the trials of numerous former coaches and doctors from East Germany.
The international response was tremendous. Hundreds of newspaper articles and television broadcasts world-wide documented the systematic fraud, exposing the health damage inflicted on many of the victims. For her work, Berendonk was awarded the Heidi Krieger Medal, an award from the doping-victim aid. In 2004, together with her husband, she was presented with the Distinguished Service Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Personal Best: DT – 59.90 (1971).
|1968 Summer||26||Ciudad de México||Athletics||Women's Discus Throw||West Germany||FRG||8|
|1972 Summer||30||München||Athletics||Women's Discus Throw||West Germany||FRG||11|
|1968 Summer||26||Ciudad de México||Athletics||West Germany||Final Standings||8||52.80|
|1968 Summer||26||Ciudad de México||Athletics||West Germany||Final Round||Round One||7||52.80|
|1968 Summer||26||Ciudad de México||Athletics||West Germany||Final Round||Round Two||8||49.66||52.80|
|1968 Summer||26||Ciudad de México||Athletics||West Germany||Final Round||Round Three||8||46.90||52.80|
|1968 Summer||26||Ciudad de México||Athletics||West Germany||Final Round||Round Four||8||foul||52.80|
|1968 Summer||26||Ciudad de México||Athletics||West Germany||Final Round||Round Five||8||foul||52.80|
|1968 Summer||26||Ciudad de México||Athletics||West Germany||Final Round||Round Six||NP||50.46|
|1972 Summer||30||München||Athletics||West Germany||Final Round||11||56.58|
|1972 Summer||30||München||Athletics||West Germany||Final Round||Round One||11||55.60|
|1972 Summer||30||München||Athletics||West Germany||Final Round||Round Two||12||foul||55.60|
|1972 Summer||30||München||Athletics||West Germany||Final Round||Round Three||11||56.58||56.58|
|1972 Summer||30||München||Athletics||West Germany||Qualifying Round||7||QU||56.90|
|1972 Summer||30||München||Athletics||West Germany||Qualifying Round||Round One||7||54.74|
|1972 Summer||30||München||Athletics||West Germany||Qualifying Round||Round Two||7||56.90||56.90|
|1972 Summer||30||München||Athletics||West Germany||Qualifying Round||Round Three||NP||pass|