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Petra Schneider

Full name: Petra Schneider (-Kind)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-7.5 (172 cm)
Weight: 132 lbs (60 kg)
Born: January 11, 1963 in Chemnitz, Sachsen, Germany
Affiliations: SC Karl-Marx-Stadt, Chemnitz (GER)
Country: GDR East Germany
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Petra Schneider made her international breakthrough with a fifth place at the 1978 World Championships 400 m medley. Two years later, she broke the world record in that event. This made her the top favorite in the event, especially since the main contender, Tracy Caulkins of the USA was missing because of the boycott. At the Olympics, she lowered her own record by a further 2 seconds, and also captured a silver medal in the 400 m freestyle. At the 1982 World Championships at Guayaquil (Ecuador), she lowered the mark once more. This record, 4:36.10, stood for 15 years until it was broken by China's Chen Yan. In 2005, Schneider told on German television that her record (still a European and German mark) should be scratched, as her performances were influenced by doping.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1980 Summer 17 Moskva Swimming Women's 400 metres Freestyle East Germany GDR 2 Silver
1980 Summer 17 Moskva Swimming Women's 400 metres Individual Medley East Germany GDR 1 Gold WR

Women's 400 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1980 Summer 17 Moskva Swimming East Germany Final 2 4:09.16
1980 Summer 17 Moskva Swimming East Germany Round One Heat Three 2 QU 4:14.49

Women's 400 metres Individual Medley

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1980 Summer 17 Moskva Swimming East Germany Final 1 WR 4:36.29
1980 Summer 17 Moskva Swimming East Germany Round One Heat Three 1 QU 4:46.53
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