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Heike Drechsler

Full name: Heike Gabriela Drechsler (Daute-)
Other name(s): Heike Spix
Gender: Female
Height: 5-11 (181 cm)
Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
Born: December 16, 1964 in Gera, Thüringen, Germany
Affiliations: SC Motor Jena, Jena (GER) / TuS Jena, Jena (GER) / ABC Ludwigshafen, Ludwigshafen (GER)
Country: GDR East Germany, GER Germany
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 2 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze (5 Total)

Biography

Born in Gera, East Germany, Heike Drechsler's father died when she was very young, but she overcame that to become one of the most impressive German track & field athletes, first representing East Germany and later Germany after the reunification. At the 1988 Seoul Olympics she earned bronze medals in the 100 and 200 m, and silver in the long jump, later winning long jump gold medals in 1992 and 2000. Her list of championships is long, including gold medals in the long jump at the 1983 and 1993 World Championships, four consecutive titles at the European Championships (1986-98), the 1987 Indoor World Championships, four Indoor European Championships – 1986-88 and 1994, the 1992 Grand-Prix Title, World Cup Champion in 1985, 1992 and 1998, six-time European Cup champion and nine-time German Champion. Drechsler set five outdoor world records, two in the 200, and three in the long jump, and eight indoor world records, one in the 200 and seven in the long jump. During her career Drechsler earned numerous awards: 1986 East German Sportswoman of the Year, 1998 and 2000 German Sportswoman of the Year, Female Long Jumper of the Century by the magazine Track & Field News, the Distinguished Career Award by the IAAF in 2000, Rudolf-Harbig-Gedächtnispreis in 1999, and the German TV award BAMBI in 1998 and 2000.

Drechsler studied pedagogy and currently makes her living as a sports manager. Until the reunification of Germany she was a member of the SED Central Party and a member of Parliament. Between 1986-88 the East German Stasi (Staatssicherheit) listed her on their records, but she always denied any activities for them. In 1984 she married Andreas Drechsler, whose father Erich was her long-time coach, even after their 1997 divorce. From 1995 to 2007 she was the partner of former French decathlete [Alain Blondel]. Much of her free time is now spent with charitable concerns, including the Deutsche Kinderkrebshilfe (for childrens' cancer), Hänsel und Gretel (against childrens' abuse), People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals (PETA) (she posed erotically for them in 2002) and Myelin Projekt Deutschland (multiple sclerosis).

Personal Bests:100 – 10.91 (1986/88); 200 – 21.71 (1986); LJ – 7.48 (1988/92); Hep – 6741 (1994).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics Women's 100 metres East Germany GDR 3 Bronze
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics Women's 200 metres East Germany GDR 3 Bronze
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics Women's Long Jump East Germany GDR 2 Silver
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics Women's Long Jump Germany GER 1 Gold
2000 Summer 35 Sydney Athletics Women's Long Jump Germany GER 1 Gold

Women's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) RT L
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics East Germany Final 3 10.85w 0,143 5
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics East Germany Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 10.91w 6
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics East Germany Quarter-Finals Heat One 1 QU 10.96 5
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics East Germany Round One Heat Six 2 QU 11.15 4

Women's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics East Germany Final 3 21.95 1
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics East Germany Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 22.27 5
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics East Germany Quarter-Finals Heat One 3 QU 22.38 5
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics East Germany Round One Heat One 1 QU 22.93 4

Women's Long Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD SBMD
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics East Germany Final Round 2 7.22
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics East Germany Final Round Round One 3 6.92
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics East Germany Final Round Round Two 2 7.06 7.06
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics East Germany Final Round Round Three 1 7.18 7.18
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics East Germany Final Round Round Four 1 7.22 7.22
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics East Germany Final Round Round Five 2 7.16 7.22
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics East Germany Final Round Round Six NP 7.17
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round 6T QU 6.72 NM
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 4T 6.72 NM
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A Round One 2 6.72
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A Round Two 3T pass 6.72 NM
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A Round Three NP pass
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics Germany Final Round 1 7.14
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics Germany Final Round Round One 8 6.34
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics Germany Final Round Round Two 3 6.99 6.99
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics Germany Final Round Round Three 3 6.85 6.99
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics Germany Final Round Round Four 1 7.14 7.14
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics Germany Final Round Round Five 1 6.97 7.14
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics Germany Final Round Round Six NP foul
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics Germany Qualifying Round 1 QU 7.08
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics Germany Qualifying Round Group A 1 7.08
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics Germany Qualifying Round Group A Round One 1 7.08
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics Germany Qualifying Round Group A Round Two 1 pass 7.08
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics Germany Qualifying Round Group A Round Three NP pass
2000 Summer 35 Sydney Athletics Germany Final Round 1 6.99
2000 Summer 35 Sydney Athletics Germany Final Round Round One 3 6.48
2000 Summer 35 Sydney Athletics Germany Final Round Round Two 7 foul 6.48
2000 Summer 35 Sydney Athletics Germany Final Round Round Three 1 6.99 6.99
2000 Summer 35 Sydney Athletics Germany Final Round Round Four 1 6.79 6.99
2000 Summer 35 Sydney Athletics Germany Final Round Round Five 1 foul 6.99
2000 Summer 35 Sydney Athletics Germany Final Round Round Six NP foul
2000 Summer 35 Sydney Athletics Germany Qualifying Round 1 QU 6.84
2000 Summer 35 Sydney Athletics Germany Qualifying Round Group B 1 6.84
2000 Summer 35 Sydney Athletics Germany Qualifying Round Group B Round One 1 6.84
2000 Summer 35 Sydney Athletics Germany Qualifying Round Group B Round Two 1 pass 6.84
2000 Summer 35 Sydney Athletics Germany Qualifying Round Group B Round Three NP pass
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