Full name: Karoline "Lina" Radke-Batschauer
Height: 5'7" (169 cm)
Weight: 121 lbs (55 kg)
Born: October 18, 1903 in Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Died: February 14, 1983 in Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Affiliations: VfB Breslau, Wrocław (POL)
Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
Born in Karlsruhe, Lina Batschauer moved with her family to Baden-Baden when she was 14-years-old. She started with athletics at the age of 20 and became a member of "Leichtathletik-Verein Baden-Baden 1923." Specializing in the 1,000 m she won the German championship in 1926 as a member of "SC Baden-Baden". When the 1,000 m was dropped from program she won the German title over 800 m in 1927, which brought her the opportunity to be pre-selected for the Olympics. In the same year she married Georg Radke, who was on the managing committee of her club. After the marriage the couple moved to his hometown of Breslau (now Wrocław in Poland). With her husband as coach she set 800 m world records in Breslau 1927 and in Brieg (now Brzeg in Poland) 1928. At the Amsterdam Olympics she won the gold medal and set her third world record over 800 m, which was the first German gold medal in athletics. After the Games she set a 1,000 m world record in 1930 and finished fourth in the 800 m at the last Women's World Games in London 1934 (the winner, Zdena Koubková [TCH], was later disqualified when discovered to be a man).
Later Radke worked as a coach in Breslau and in Torgau after World War II. Shortly before the Inner German border was closed she moved back to Karlsruhe with her husband, who had returned from war captivity in the Soviet Union in 1950. There she lived reclusively and died in 1983 without public attention.
Personal Best: 800 – 2:16.8 (1928).
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