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Rita Schmidt-Kirst

Full name: Rita Schmidt-Kirst
Gender: Female
Height: 5-8.5 (174 cm)
Weight: 137 lbs (62 kg)
Born: October 21, 1950 in Großgrimma, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany
Affiliations: SC DHfK, Leipzig (GER)
Country: GDR East Germany
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Sister-in-law of Jutta Kirst; Wife of Joachim Kirst.

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Biography

High jumper Rita Schmidt was a three-time Olympian finishing fifth in both 1968 and 1972, but was eliminated in qualifying in 1976 at Montréal. Her greatest moments came at the European Indoors, winning gold medals in 1968, 1969 and 1972, and two bronze medals in 1970 and 1974. She also won six consecutive East German titles in 1967-72 and won indoor titles in 1968-70 and 1972. Schmidt-Kirst set eight world records between 1968 and 1974, and in 1972 became the first German high jumper to better 1.90 metres.

Rita Schmidt married decathlete Joachim Kirst and became the sister-in-law of Jutta Kirst, wife of Joachim’s brother Edgar, also high jumpers. After reunification, when documents on doping in the former GDR became public, Schmidt-Kirst’s name was found in the list of doped athletes.

Personal Best\: HJ – 1.92i (1974).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Summer 17 Ciudad de México Athletics Women's High Jump East Germany GDR 5
1972 Summer 21 München Athletics Women's High Jump East Germany GDR 5
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Athletics Women's High Jump East Germany GDR 22T QR

Women's High Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank BHC MBHC TMBHC TABHC C/F/P
1968 Summer 17 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Final Round 5 1.78 1 3 8
1968 Summer 17 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Final Round 1.60 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1968 Summer 17 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Final Round 1.65 metres 1T o 0 0 1 1.65
1968 Summer 17 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Final Round 1.68 metres 10T p 0 0 1 1.65
1968 Summer 17 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Final Round 1.71 metres 1T o 0 0 2 1.71
1968 Summer 17 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Final Round 1.74 metres 7 xxo 2 2 5 1.74
1968 Summer 17 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Final Round 1.76 metres 3T o 0 2 6 1.76
1968 Summer 17 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Final Round 1.78 metres 5 xo 1 3 8 1.78
1968 Summer 17 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Final Round 1.80 metres 5 xxx 1 3 8 1.78
1968 Summer 17 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round 2T QU 1.74 0 0 4
1968 Summer 17 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 2T 1.74 0 0 4
1968 Summer 17 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 1.55 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1968 Summer 17 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 1.60 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1968 Summer 17 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 1.65 metres 1T o 0 0 1 1.65
1968 Summer 17 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 1.68 metres 1T o 0 0 2 1.68
1968 Summer 17 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 1.71 metres 3T o 0 0 3 1.71
1968 Summer 17 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 1.74 metres 2T o 0 0 4 1.74
1972 Summer 21 München Athletics East Germany Final Round 5 1.85 1 1 6
1972 Summer 21 München Athletics East Germany Final Round 1.66 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1972 Summer 21 München Athletics East Germany Final Round 1.71 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1972 Summer 21 München Athletics East Germany Final Round 1.76 metres 1T o 0 0 1 1.71
1972 Summer 21 München Athletics East Germany Final Round 1.79 metres 1T o 0 0 2 1.76
1972 Summer 21 München Athletics East Germany Final Round 1.82 metres 1T o 0 0 3 1.79
1972 Summer 21 München Athletics East Germany Final Round 1.85 metres 1T o 0 0 4 1.82
1972 Summer 21 München Athletics East Germany Final Round 1.88 metres 4 xo 1 1 6 1.85
1972 Summer 21 München Athletics East Germany Final Round 1.90 metres 5 xxx 1 1 6 1.85
1972 Summer 21 München Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round 1T QU 1.76 0 0 3
1972 Summer 21 München Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 1T 1.76 0 0 3
1972 Summer 21 München Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 1.60 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1972 Summer 21 München Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 1.65 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1972 Summer 21 München Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 1.70 metres 1T o 0 0 1 1.70
1972 Summer 21 München Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 1.73 metres 1T o 0 0 2 1.73
1972 Summer 21 München Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 1.76 metres 1T o 0 0 3 1.76
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round 22T 1.78 0 1 4
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 14T 1.78 0 1 4
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 1.70 metres 13T xo 1 1 2 1.70
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 1.75 metres 12T o 0 1 3 1.75
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 1.78 metres 11T o 0 1 4 1.78
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 1.80 metres 14T xxx 0 1 4 1.78
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