Full name: Silke Beate Knoll (-Gerhmann)
Height: 5-4 (163 cm)
Weight: 115 lbs (52 kg)
Born: February 21, 1967 in Rottweil, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Affiliations: LG Olympia Dortmund, Dortmund (GER)
Country: West Germany, Germany
Sprinter Silke Knoll competed in three Olympics from 1988-96. Her best result was a fifth place with the sprint relay at Barcelona in 1992. At Seoul in 1988 she was eliminated in the second round of the 200 m, after going out in the semifinals at Barcelona. Competing in four World Championships (1987, 1991, 1993, 1995) Knoll won a bronze medal with the sprint relay in 1995. She also participated in the 1994 World Cup, at the 1990 and 1994 European Championships (silver medal with the sprint relay in 1990, gold medal in 1994), and the European Cup in 1987 and 1993-96. Domestically she won 22 West German and Unified German titles. She also claimed a world record with the 4x200 indoor relay in 1988.
In 1990 an article in Der Spiegel revealed that there was a systematic doping scheme involving her home club Eintracht Hamm in the 1980s, under the guidance of then coach Jochen Spilker. Knoll and all the other female sprinters in the club had been involved – Gisela Kinzel, Helga Arendt and non-Olympians Mechthild Kluth and Andrea Hannemann – which ended their active careers shortly after the publication of the article.
Personal Bests\: 100 – 11.17 (1992); 200 – 22.29 (1992).
|1988 Summer||21||Seoul||Athletics||Women's 200 metres||West Germany||FRG||6 h1 r2/4|
|1992 Summer||25||Barcelona||Athletics||Women's 200 metres||Germany||GER||5 h1 r3/4|
|1992 Summer||25||Barcelona||Athletics||Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay||Germany||GER||5|
|1996 Summer||29||Atlanta||Athletics||Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay||Germany||GER||AC h2 r1/2|
|1988 Summer||21||Seoul||Athletics||West Germany||Quarter-Finals||Heat One||6||23.15||8|
|1988 Summer||21||Seoul||Athletics||West Germany||Round One||Heat Four||3||QU||23.51||3|
|1992 Summer||25||Barcelona||Athletics||Germany||Semi-Finals||Heat One||5||22.60||7|
|1992 Summer||25||Barcelona||Athletics||Germany||Quarter-Finals||Heat One||4||QU||22.46||5|
|1992 Summer||25||Barcelona||Athletics||Germany||Round One||Heat Four||1||QU||22.83||2|
|1992 Summer||25||Barcelona||Athletics||Germany||GER||Round One||Heat One||3||QU||43.32|
|1996 Summer||29||Atlanta||Athletics||Germany||GER||Round One||Heat Two||AC||DNF||3|