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Sylvia Schenk

Full name: Sylvia Schenk (-Kemper)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-6.5 (169 cm)
Weight: 110 lbs (50 kg)
Born: June 1, 1952 in Rotenburg, Hannover, Niedersachsen, Germany
Affiliations: Eintracht Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main (GER)
Country: FRG West Germany
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Wife of Franz-Josef Kemper.


Middle-distance runner and former tennis player Sylvia Schenk reached the semi-finals of the 800 at the 1972 München Olympics. She also competed at the 1971 and 1974 European Championships. In West Germany she earned the 800 title in 1972 and a cross-country title in 1974. Schenk helped set a world record in 1971 in the 4x800 relay. In 1989 she married her teammate [Franz-Josef Kemper].

Schenk later became well-known as a lawyer, who fought against doping and corruption in international sport organizations (like FIFA and the IOC). She became a multi-sports administrator in the German Sports Association DSB and other organizations – 1976-86 in the Women's Committee; 1979-86 Youth Head of Employment Tribunal Frankfurt; from 1990 a member and from 1994 chairwoman of the DSB Federal Legal, Taxes & Insurance Committee. Schenk was vice-president of the German Olympian Society from 1994-97. In 1994, she was named President of the Sports Committee of the Hessian Association of Cities. She was also a member of the German NOC starting in 1997 and member of the Sports Committee of the German Association of Cities.

Outside of sports Schenk served first as a lawyer and traffic judge, then from 1979-89 was Judge at the Employment Tribunal Offenbach, and finally from 1989-2001 was Councillor of the City of Frankfurt am Main (and also Deputy Mayor for Legal, Sport and Women). In June 2000 she became a member of the Management Committee of the International Cycling Union (UCI) and a member of the Presidium of the Association of German Cycling Union (BDR), serving as President of the BDR from 2001-04.

In 2006-13 Schenk was a member of the board of Transparency International Germany, serving as chair in 2007-10. In January 2014, she became head of the Working Group on Sports in that organization.

Personal Best: 800 – 2:01.50 (1972).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Summer 20 München Athletics Women's 800 metres West Germany FRG 5 h1 r2/3

Women's 800 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1972 Summer 20 München Athletics West Germany Semi-Finals Heat One 5 2:01.50 2
1972 Summer 20 München Athletics West Germany Round One Heat Two 3 QU 2:02.22 1
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