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Ruth Fuchs

Full name: Ruth Fuchs (Gamm-, -Hellmann)
Nickname(s): Banne
Gender: Female
Height: 5'7" (169 cm)
Weight: 157 lbs (71 kg)
Born: December 14, 1946 in Egeln, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany
Affiliations: Tus Jena, Jena (GER)
Country: GDR East Germany
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

Ruth Fuchs was the best female javelin thrower of the 1970s and was voted by Track & Field News as female Athlete of the Decade for the 1970s. After being world-ranked #2 in 1970-71, she was ranked #1 every year from 1973-79, followed by being ranked third in 1980. She set six world records with the javelin and was the first female javelin thrower to better 60 metres (1970). In addition to her Olympic gold medals, Fuchs was European Champion in both 1974 and 1978.

Ruth Fuchs later earned a doctoral degree and was Vice President of the Track & Field Association of East Germany from 1984-1990. After the reunification of Germany she became a Member of Parliament for the left-wing party PDS – Die Linke in 1990 and 1992-2002, as well as a Member of Parliament from Thurinigia in 2004. She was married to the middle distance runner Ulrich Fuchs, but they divorced and she later married her former coach Karl Hellmann. Ruth Fuchs has admitted using steroids during her career, as part of the official East German sports programme.

Personal Best: JT – 69.96 (1980).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Summer 25 München Athletics Women's Javelin Throw East Germany GDR 1 Gold OR
1976 Summer 29 Montréal Athletics Women's Javelin Throw East Germany GDR 1 Gold OR
1980 Summer 33 Moskva Athletics Women's Javelin Throw East Germany GDR 8

Women's Javelin Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD
1972 Summer 25 München Athletics East Germany Final Round 1 OR 63.88
1972 Summer 25 München Athletics East Germany Final Round Round One 2 57.44
1972 Summer 25 München Athletics East Germany Final Round Round Two 1 60.20 60.20
1972 Summer 25 München Athletics East Germany Final Round Round Three 1 50.20 60.20
1972 Summer 25 München Athletics East Germany Final Round Round Four 1 61.16 61.16
1972 Summer 25 München Athletics East Germany Final Round Round Five 1 OR 63.88 63.88
1972 Summer 25 München Athletics East Germany Final Round Round Six NP 59.16
1972 Summer 25 München Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round 1 QU 60.88
1972 Summer 25 München Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Round One NP foul
1972 Summer 25 München Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Round Two 1 60.88 60.88
1972 Summer 25 München Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Round Three NP pass
1976 Summer 29 Montréal Athletics East Germany Final Round 1 OR 65.94
1976 Summer 29 Montréal Athletics East Germany Final Round Round One 1 OR 65.94
1976 Summer 29 Montréal Athletics East Germany Final Round Round Two 1 59.58 65.94
1976 Summer 29 Montréal Athletics East Germany Final Round Round Three 1 65.06 65.94
1976 Summer 29 Montréal Athletics East Germany Final Round Round Four 1 54.48 65.94
1976 Summer 29 Montréal Athletics East Germany Final Round Round Five 1 58.82 65.94
1976 Summer 29 Montréal Athletics East Germany Final Round Round Six NP 58.44
1976 Summer 29 Montréal Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round 2 QU 62.46
1976 Summer 29 Montréal Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Round One 2 62.46
1976 Summer 29 Montréal Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Round Two 2 pass 62.46
1976 Summer 29 Montréal Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Round Three NP pass
1980 Summer 33 Moskva Athletics East Germany Final Round 8 63.94
1980 Summer 33 Moskva Athletics East Germany Final Round Round One 6 59.90
1980 Summer 33 Moskva Athletics East Germany Final Round Round Two 9 foul 59.90
1980 Summer 33 Moskva Athletics East Germany Final Round Round Three 8 61.48 61.48
1980 Summer 33 Moskva Athletics East Germany Final Round Round Four 8 foul 61.48
1980 Summer 33 Moskva Athletics East Germany Final Round Round Five 8 63.94 63.94
1980 Summer 33 Moskva Athletics East Germany Final Round Round Six NP 59.20
1980 Summer 33 Moskva Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round 2 QU 64.26
1980 Summer 33 Moskva Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group B 1 64.26
1980 Summer 33 Moskva Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group B Round One 7 54.12
1980 Summer 33 Moskva Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group B Round Two 1 64.62 64.62
1980 Summer 33 Moskva Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group B Round Three NP pass