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Margitta Helmbold-Gummel

Full name: Margitta Helmbold-Gummel
Gender: Female
Height: 5-9.5 (177 cm)
Weight: 198 lbs (90 kg)
Born: June 29, 1941 in Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany
Affiliations: SC DHfK, Leipzig (GER)
Country: GER Germany, GDR East Germany
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Margitta Gummel was born in Magdeburg and made her Olympic début for the combined German team in 1964 (placing fifth) under her maiden name Helmbold. She also competed at the 1968 (gold) and 1972 Olympics (silver) for East Germany under her married name of Gummel. In 1968, she became the first woman to better 19.00 metres in the shot put and was elected that year as the GDR Female Athlete of the Year. Later she became a sports administrator and worked for the GDR NOC, and after German reunification worked with the German NOC until 1993. She studied sports science at the Deutsche Hochschule für Korperkultur (German High School of Physical Culture) at Leipzig, where she became a scientific employee.

In 1966 and 1969 Helmbold-Gummel earned silver medals at the European Championships, adding a bronze medal in 1971. Domestically she won eight national titles and set nine world records. In documents which became public after German reunification, she was listed among the athletes who were on various doping regimens. In 1968 Helmbold-Gummel was the first female athlete to test positive for anabolic steroids in the former GDR (published by Berliner Zeitung on 11 April 1994).

Personal Best\: SP – 20.22 (1972).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Athletics Women's Shot Put Germany GER 5
1968 Summer 27 Ciudad de México Athletics Women's Shot Put East Germany GDR 1 Gold WR
1972 Summer 31 München Athletics Women's Shot Put East Germany GDR 2 Silver

Women's Shot Put

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Athletics Germany Final Round 5 16.91
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Athletics Germany Final Round Round One 5 16.67
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Athletics Germany Final Round Round Two 5 15.87 16.67
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Athletics Germany Final Round Round Three 5 foul 16.67
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Athletics Germany Final Round Round Four 5 16.60 16.67
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Athletics Germany Final Round Round Five 5 16.91 16.91
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Athletics Germany Final Round Round Six NP 16.34
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Athletics Germany Qualifying Round 5 QU 15.61
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Athletics Germany Qualifying Round Round One 5 15.61
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Athletics Germany Qualifying Round Round Two 5 pass 15.61
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Athletics Germany Qualifying Round Round Three NP pass
1968 Summer 27 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Final Standings 1 WR 19.61
1968 Summer 27 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Final Round Round One 2 OR 18.53
1968 Summer 27 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Final Round Round Two 2 17.88 18.53
1968 Summer 27 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Final Round Round Three 1 WR 19.07 19.07
1968 Summer 27 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Final Round Round Four 1 18.30 19.07
1968 Summer 27 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Final Round Round Five 1 WR 19.61 19.61
1968 Summer 27 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Final Round Round Six NP 18.59
1972 Summer 31 München Athletics East Germany Final Round 2 20.22
1972 Summer 31 München Athletics East Germany Final Round Round One 5 18.46
1972 Summer 31 München Athletics East Germany Final Round Round Two 4 18.83 18.83
1972 Summer 31 München Athletics East Germany Final Round Round Three 2 19.55 19.55
1972 Summer 31 München Athletics East Germany Final Round Round Four 2 20.22 20.22
1972 Summer 31 München Athletics East Germany Final Round Round Five 2 19.53 20.22
1972 Summer 31 München Athletics East Germany Final Round Round Six NP foul
1972 Summer 31 München Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round 3 QU 18.82
1972 Summer 31 München Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Round One 3 18.82
1972 Summer 31 München Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Round Two 3 pass 18.82
1972 Summer 31 München Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Round Three NP pass
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