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Birgit Dressel

Full name: Birgit Dressel
Gender: Female
Height: 5'8" (172 cm)
Weight: 143 lbs (65 kg)
Born: May 4, 1960 in Bremen, Bremen, Germany
Died: April 10, 1987 in Mainz, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
Affiliations: Universitätssportclub Mainz, Mainz (GER)
Country: FRG West Germany
Sport: Athletics

Biography

Birgit Dressel was a West German heptathlete who died only a few days before her 27th birthday. She had a short career, winning the German Championship in 1986, placing fourth at the 1986 European Championships, and taking part in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, where she placed ninth. Her profession was a graduated sports teacher. Her brother Volker and her father Hermann were also successful track and field athletes at the national level.

Dressel’s sudden death was triggered by a drug-induced reaction to a medical treatment for lower back pain. A 120-page report was then released, with eight experts stating that Birgit Dressel had taken countless drugs, including multiple prescriptions from well-known Freiburg sports doctor Armin Klümper. Nevertheless, the exact cause of her death has not been elucidated.

Personal Best: Hep – 6487 (1986).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics Women's Heptathlon West Germany FRG 9

Women's Heptathlon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank P(1977AT) P(1985AT) T(A) H P(1977T) P(1985T) C/F/P D
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics West Germany Final Standings 9 6.082 6.050
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics West Germany 100 metre hurdles 15 860 971 14.05
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics West Germany 100 metre hurdles Heat Three 7 860 971 14.05
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics West Germany High jump 2T 1.86 1.086 1.054
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics West Germany High jump 1.74 metres NP o
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics West Germany High jump 1.77 metres NP o
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics West Germany High jump 1.80 metres NP o
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics West Germany High jump 1.83 metres NP xo
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics West Germany High jump 1.86 metres NP xxo
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics West Germany High jump 1.89 metres NP xxx
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics West Germany Shot put 10 763 709 12.72
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics West Germany Shot put Round One NP 12.72
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics West Germany Shot put Round Two NP 12.51
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics West Germany Shot put Round Three NP 12.39
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics West Germany 200 metres 18 796 833 25.59
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics West Germany 200 metres Heat Three 7 796 833 25.59
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics West Germany Long jump 7T 939 896 6.15
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics West Germany Long jump Round One NP 6.15
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics West Germany Long jump Round Two NP 5.96
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics West Germany Long jump Round Three NP 5.90
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics West Germany Javelin throw 5 806 718 42.62
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics West Germany Javelin throw Round One NP 37.62
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics West Germany Javelin throw Round Two NP 38.90
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics West Germany Javelin throw Round Three NP 42.62
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics West Germany 800 metres 12 832 869 2:16.68
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics West Germany 800 metres Heat Two 5 832 869 2:16.68