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Gunhild Hoffmeister

Full name: Gunhild Hoffmeister
Gender: Female
Height: 5-7.5 (172 cm)
Weight: 123 lbs (56 kg)
Born: July 6, 1944 in Forst, Lausitz, Brandenburg, Germany
Affiliations: SC Cottbus, Cottbus (GER)
Country: GDR East Germany
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 2 Silver, 1 Bronze (3 Total)

Biography

Middle-distance runner Gunhild Hoffmeister became the only German Olympian (as of 2014) to win three Olympic medals as a distance runner. She won the bronze medal in the 800 and the silver medal in the 1500 metres at the 1972 München Olympics and again won silver in the 1500 four years later in Montréal. At the European Championships she won five medals\: 1971 1500 silver, 1974 800 silver and 1500 gold, and 1972 indoor gold and 1974 indoor bronze in the 800. In 1973 she won the European Cup after placing second in 1970. Domestically she won 15 East German titles and two indoor ones. In 1972 she set a world record in the 1000, adding two 4x800 relay world records in 1969 and 1976.

Hoffmeister was educated as a sports teacher and became deputy chief of the Children and Youth School in Cottbus. She was politically active as a Member of East German Parliament from 1971-76. Until 1990 she was a Board Member of the East German Sports Federation DTSB. After reunification, she worked as a sports rehabilitation therapist in Berlin. Her daughter Kerstin Hoffmeister also became a middle- and long-distance runner.

Personal Bests\: 800 – 1:58.61 (1976); 1500 – 4:01.4 (1976).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Summer 28 München Athletics Women's 800 metres East Germany GDR 3 Bronze
1972 Summer 28 München Athletics Women's 1,500 metres East Germany GDR 2 Silver
1976 Summer 32 Montréal Athletics Women's 1,500 metres East Germany GDR 2 Silver

Women's 800 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1972 Summer 28 München Athletics East Germany Final 3 1:59.19 6
1972 Summer 28 München Athletics East Germany Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 2:01.21 7
1972 Summer 28 München Athletics East Germany Round One Heat Five 2 QU 2:03.15 7

Women's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A)
1972 Summer 28 München Athletics East Germany Final 2 4:02.83
1972 Summer 28 München Athletics East Germany Semi-Finals Heat One 3 QU 4:07.94
1972 Summer 28 München Athletics East Germany Round One Heat Four 2 QU 4:12.80
1976 Summer 32 Montréal Athletics East Germany Final 2 4:06.02
1976 Summer 32 Montréal Athletics East Germany Semi-Finals Heat One 4 QU 4:02.45
1976 Summer 32 Montréal Athletics East Germany Round One Heat Four 2 QU 4:08.23
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