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Heike Redetzky-Henkel

Full name: Heike Redetzky-Henkel (-Meier)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-11 (181 cm)
Weight: 137 lbs (62 kg)
Born: May 5, 1964 in Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Affiliations: Bayer Leverkusen, Leverkusen (GER)
Country: FRG West Germany, GER Germany
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Wife (divorced) of Rainer Henkel; Wife of Paul Meier.

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

High jumper Heike Redetzky started at the Olympics under her birth name for West Germany in 1984 (11th) and 1988 (failing to qualify as 13th), but won the gold medal as Heike Henkel in 1992 for the reunified German team, as she was then married to swimmer [Reiner Henkel]. They later divorced and Heike married decathlete Paul Meier. She started her sports career as a gymnast, trampoline jumper, fencer, and basketball and tennis player, but eventually took up high jumping and started a brilliant career. She was one of the most popular German sportswomen in the 1980s and 1990s.

Besides her Olympic results Redetzky-Henkel was World Champion in 1991 and European Champion in 1990. In her five participations in the European Cup she placed sixth in 1985, third in 1987, fourth in 1989, third again in 1991, and second in 1993. At the World Indoors she won a gold medal in 1991, silver in 1993, and bronze in 1989 and 1995. She also won the European Indoor title in 1990 and 1992, and a silver medal in 1988. Domestically she added 20 West German national titles (both 10 out- and 10 indoor). Her world record of 2.07 stood from 1992 to 2006.

Heike Henkel, later Meier-Henkel received several awards\: Lutz-Long-Fairness-Prize (1991); Fair Play-Trophy of the Association of German Sports Journalists; Rudolf-Harbig-Gedächtnispreis (1992) (Memorial Award); Sports Badge of North Rhine Westphalia (1990); Silver Bay Leaf; German Sportswoman of the Year (1992); World Track and Field Athlete of the Year (1991); and the German media prize BAMBI (for anti-doping activities).

In 1996, Meier-Henkel successfully completed her studies in graphic design. With a wealth of experiences from her days as a high performance athlete she later gave lectures on various topics such as motivation, success and failure. During her career she spoke frequently on anti-doping topics (“To Be Top without Doping”), and belonged to the board of the national anti-doping agency NADA from 2002-05. Since January 2007, Heike Henkel is a patron of a children's hospice service in Köln (Cologne).

Personal Best\: HJ – 2.07i (1992).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Summer 20 Los Angeles Athletics Women's High Jump West Germany FRG 11T
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics Women's High Jump West Germany FRG 13 QR
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics Women's High Jump Germany GER 1 Gold

Women's High Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank BHC MBHC TMBHC C/F/P
1984 Summer 20 Los Angeles Athletics West Germany Final Round 11T 1.85 0 0
1984 Summer 20 Los Angeles Athletics West Germany Final Round 1.75 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1984 Summer 20 Los Angeles Athletics West Germany Final Round 1.80 metres 1T o 0 0 1.80
1984 Summer 20 Los Angeles Athletics West Germany Final Round 1.85 metres 1T o 0 0 1.85
1984 Summer 20 Los Angeles Athletics West Germany Final Round 1.88 metres 10T xxx 0 0 1.85
1984 Summer 20 Los Angeles Athletics West Germany Qualifying Round 1T QU 1.90 0 0
1984 Summer 20 Los Angeles Athletics West Germany Qualifying Round Group A 1T 1.90 0 0
1984 Summer 20 Los Angeles Athletics West Germany Qualifying Round Group A 1.70 metres 1T o 0 0 1.70
1984 Summer 20 Los Angeles Athletics West Germany Qualifying Round Group A 1.75 metres 1T o 0 0 1.75
1984 Summer 20 Los Angeles Athletics West Germany Qualifying Round Group A 1.80 metres 1T o 0 0 1.80
1984 Summer 20 Los Angeles Athletics West Germany Qualifying Round Group A 1.84 metres 1T o 0 0 1.84
1984 Summer 20 Los Angeles Athletics West Germany Qualifying Round Group A 1.87 metres 1T o 0 0 1.87
1984 Summer 20 Los Angeles Athletics West Germany Qualifying Round Group A 1.90 metres 1T o 0 0 1.90
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics West Germany Qualifying Round 13 1.90 0 0
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics West Germany Qualifying Round Group A 6 1.90 0 0
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics West Germany Qualifying Round Group A 1.70 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics West Germany Qualifying Round Group A 1.75 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics West Germany Qualifying Round Group A 1.80 metres 1T o 0 0 1.80
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics West Germany Qualifying Round Group A 1.84 metres 10 p 0 0 1.80
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics West Germany Qualifying Round Group A 1.87 metres 1T o 0 0 1.87
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics West Germany Qualifying Round Group A 1.90 metres 1T o 0 0 1.90
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics West Germany Qualifying Round Group A 1.92 metres 6 xxx 0 0 1.90
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics Germany Final Round 1 2.02 0 2
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics Germany Final Round 1.78 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics Germany Final Round 1.83 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics Germany Final Round 1.88 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics Germany Final Round 1.91 metres 1T o 0 0 1.91
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics Germany Final Round 1.94 metres 6 p 0 0 1.91
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics Germany Final Round 1.97 metres 3 xxo 2 2 1.97
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics Germany Final Round 2.00 metres 2 o 0 2 2.00
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics Germany Final Round 2.02 metres 1 o 0 2 2.02
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics Germany Final Round 2.06 metres 1 xxx 0 2 2.02
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics Germany Qualifying Round 1T QU 1.92 0 0
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics Germany Qualifying Round Group B 1T 1.92 0 0
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics Germany Qualifying Round Group B 1.65 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics Germany Qualifying Round Group B 1.70 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics Germany Qualifying Round Group B 1.75 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics Germany Qualifying Round Group B 1.79 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics Germany Qualifying Round Group B 1.83 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics Germany Qualifying Round Group B 1.86 metres 1T o 0 0 1.86
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics Germany Qualifying Round Group B 1.88 metres 13T p 0 0 1.86
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics Germany Qualifying Round Group B 1.90 metres 15 p 0 0 1.86
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics Germany Qualifying Round Group B 1.92 metres 1T o 0 0 1.92
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