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Renate Stecher

Full name: Renate Stecher (Meißner-)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-6.5 (170 cm)
Weight: 157 lbs (71 kg)
Born: May 12, 1950 in Suptitz, Sachsen, Germany
Affiliations: Tus Jena, Jena (GER)
Country: GDR East Germany
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 3 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze (6 Total)

Biography

In 1973, Renate Stecher became the first woman to run 100 metres under 11 seconds. Her legendary duels with the West German sprinters, especially Annegret Richter and Anne Kroniger, became well-known. In addition to her six Olympic medals with three golds, winning the sprint double of the 100 and 200 and a silver in the sprint relay in 1972, Stecher won four European Championships, in 1969 in the 4×100, in 1971 in the 100 and 200 metres, and again in 1974 with the sprint relay. Additionally she won a 1969 European silver medal in the 200, in 1971 with the relay, and in 1974 in the 100 and 200. She also earned four more titles at the European Indoor Championships between 1970 and 1974, and also won 22 national titles. During her career she set 34 world records in various sprint distances both indoors and out, including relays.

After her active career Stecher studied sports science and worked as a sports teacher. After German reunification she lost her job and was employed by the Students Services and with the anti-doping agency of the German Track and Field Association. She married hurdler Gerd Stecher, and in 2011 was inducted into the German Sports Hall of Fame.

Personal Bests\: 100 – 10.8 (1973); 200 – 22.38 (1973).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Summer 22 München Athletics Women's 100 metres East Germany GDR 1 Gold WR
1972 Summer 22 München Athletics Women's 200 metres East Germany GDR 1 Gold WR
1972 Summer 22 München Athletics Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay East Germany GDR 2 Silver
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Athletics Women's 100 metres East Germany GDR 2 Silver
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Athletics Women's 200 metres East Germany GDR 3 Bronze
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Athletics Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay East Germany GDR 1 Gold OR

Women's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1972 Summer 22 München Athletics East Germany Final 1 WR 11.07 3
1972 Summer 22 München Athletics East Germany Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 11.18 2
1972 Summer 22 München Athletics East Germany Quarter-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 11.27 5
1972 Summer 22 München Athletics East Germany Round One Heat Four 1 QU 11.31 5
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Athletics East Germany Final 2 11.13 4
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Athletics East Germany Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 11.10 4
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Athletics East Germany Quarter-Finals Heat Four 1 QU 11.22 5
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Athletics East Germany Round One Heat Six 2 QU 11.21 7

Women's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1972 Summer 22 München Athletics East Germany Final 1 WR 22.40 6
1972 Summer 22 München Athletics East Germany Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 22.83 8
1972 Summer 22 München Athletics East Germany Quarter-Finals Heat Three 1 QU 23.31 1
1972 Summer 22 München Athletics East Germany Round One Heat Two 1 QU 22.96 2
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Athletics East Germany Final 3 22.47 8
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Athletics East Germany Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 22.68 5
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Athletics East Germany Quarter-Finals Heat Three 1 QU 23.04 3
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Athletics East Germany Round One Heat Six 1 QU 22.75 7

Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1972 Summer 22 München Athletics East Germany GDR Final 2 42.95 2
1972 Summer 22 München Athletics East Germany GDR Round One Heat Two 1 QU 42.88 4
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Athletics East Germany GDR Final 1 OR 42.55 8
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Athletics East Germany GDR Round One Heat Two 1 QU 43.00 1
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