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Gisela Köhler-Birkemeyer

Full name: Gisela Köhler-Birkemeyer
Gender: Female
Height: 5-3.5 (162 cm)
Weight: 132 lbs (60 kg)
Born: December 22, 1931 in Fahsendorf, Erzgebirge, Sachsen, Germany
Affiliations: SC Dynamo Berlin, Berlin (GER)
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Gisela Köhler belonged to the world's best performers in the 1950s and 60s in the 80 m hurdles and as a sprinter. Beside her silver and bronze medals at the 1956 and 1960 Olympic Games she won 40 national titles between 1951 and 1964, and also won 6 gold, 5 silver and 1 bronze at the International UIE Sport Weeks (forerunner of the World Championships) and a bronze at the 1958 European Championships. Her nine world records were as follows: 80 metres hurdles – 1959, 1960 (3); as part of the 4×100 relay three times in 1956, 4×110 yards in 1956, 4×200 metres in 1956 and 1958. She was the first German hurdles sprinter under 11 seconds over 80 m in 1955.

In 1959 she was elected Sportswomen of the year in East Germany. In 1957 she married Heinz Birkemeyer and began competing under his name in 1960. Köhler-Birkemeyer later worked as a coach. Heinz became one of the most powerful sport officials in the former GDR. He was Division Athletics Director in Thuringia (1950-51), Chairman of the National Technical Committee of the section Athletics (1951-52), Sport Master of East Germans Track & Field Association DVfL (1953-54), Deputy Chairman of the DVfL (1954-58), Women's Sport Master of DVfL (1958-66), Chairman of the Commission of Women's Sport of DVfL (1966-67), Chairman of the Commission Statistics / Classification / Tradition of DVFL (1967-73). Together with Ernst Elert he was the first editor of the journal "The Athlete", organizer of the Thuringia track and field sports and sprint coach at Jena and Berlin, a member of the DVfL Bureau, member of the IAAF Women's Commission 1960-72; and presidium member of the European Athletics Track & Field Association (ELLV). He published 1958 "Hurdles for Women", a series of six illustrated books of the world's best six hurdle runners.

Personal Bests: 100 – 11.5 (1956); 200 – 23.7 (1960); 80H – 10.5 (1960).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Women's 100 metres Germany GER 4 h2 r2/3
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Women's 200 metres Germany GER 6
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Women's 80 metres Hurdles Germany GER 2 Silver
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay Germany GER 6
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Women's 100 metres Germany GER 4 h1 r2/4
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Women's 200 metres Germany GER 4 h2 r2/3
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Women's 80 metres Hurdles Germany GER 3 Bronze

Women's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Germany Semi-Finals Heat Two 4 11.9 12.07
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Germany Round One Heat Four 2 QU 11.7w 11.85w
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Germany Quarter-Finals Heat One 4 12.1 12.26
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Germany Round One Heat Five 2 QU 12.2 12.31

Women's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Germany Final 6 24.3 24.68 4
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Germany Semi-Finals Heat Two 3 QU 24.3 24.48
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Germany Round One Heat Two 2 QU 24.4 24.53
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Germany Semi-Finals Heat Two 4 24.9 25.05
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Germany Round One Heat Two 1 QU 24.2 24.32

Women's 80 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Germany Final 2 11.9 11.12 2
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Germany Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU/=OR 10.8 10.93
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Germany Round One Heat Three 1 QU 11.0 11.11
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Germany Final 3 11.0 11.13 4
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Germany Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 10.9 11.01
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Germany Round One Heat Four 1 QU 11.2 11.31

Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Germany GER Final 6 47.2 47.29 2
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Germany GER Round One Heat One 2 QU/=WR 44.9 45.07
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