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Karin Burneleit

Full name: Karin Burneleit (-Krebs)
Gender: Female
Height: 5'6" (167 cm)
Weight: 112 lbs (51 kg)
Born: August 18, 1943 in Gusev, Kaliningrad, Russia
Affiliations: SC Dynamo Berlin, Berlin (GER)
Country: GDR East Germany
Sport: Athletics

Biography

At the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, during gender testing, Karin Burneleit learned that she was pregnant in her third month. After the 1972 Games she married her teammate and long distance runner Joachim Krebs (né 1949), who was a member of the Technical Committee of the IAAF from 1987-91. Their daughter Nadja (né 1976) also became a useful medium and long distance runner.

Karin Burneleit-Krebs herself became European Champion in 1971 in the 1,500 and although she did not start in the final of that competition in 1974, she became European indoor runner-up the same year. She also won six East German titles in different distances and set two world records, running 4:09.6 for 1,500 m in August 1971 to become the first female athlete under 4 minutes and 10 seconds in this event. Her other world record was never ratified, as she ran 2:35.0 for 1,000 metres in 1974 in Potsdam, but the event was not yet accorded record status by the IAAF.

Professionally she was an educated horticulturist. Until German reunification she was employed by the East German Track and Field Association. Since 1995 she has been a self-employed sports and event manager.

Personal Best: 800 – 2:00.1 (1971); 1500 – 4:04.11 (1972).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Athletics Women's 800 metres East Germany GDR 5 h1 r2/3
1972 Summer 29 München Athletics Women's 1,500 metres East Germany GDR 4

Women's 800 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Semi-Finals Heat One 5 2:08.4 2:08.41
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Round One Heat One 4 QU 2:07.1 2:07.13

Women's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A)
1972 Summer 29 München Athletics East Germany Final 4 4:04.11
1972 Summer 29 München Athletics East Germany Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 4:05.78
1972 Summer 29 München Athletics East Germany Round One Heat Three 2 QU 4:10.83