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Birte Weigang

Full name: Birte Weigang (-Rode)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-9 (176 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: January 31, 1968 in Leipzig, Sachsen, Germany
Affiliations: SC Turbine Erfurt, Erfurt (GER)
Country: GDR East Germany
Sport: Swimming

Related Olympians: Daughter of Horst Weigang.

Medals: 1 Gold, 2 Silver (3 Total)

Biography

Birte Weigang won two gold and one silver medal at the 1985 European Championships and one gold and two silver medals at the 1987 Europeans. At the 1986 World Championships she won the 200 butterfly bronze medal. After the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, where she won a gold in the medley relay and two silvers in the butterfly events, Weigang retired due to a ruptured disc in her back.

Weigang was the daughter of Horst (1965 Soccer Player of the Year in the former GDR) and the sister of Sven Weigang (both football [soccer] goalies). After the German reunification she confirmed that she had been given PEDs by GDR sports officials and doctors. She trained with coach Wolfgang Fricke in Erfurt and later suffered serious health problems. Her career would be as a school teacher in Berlin.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 20 Seoul Swimming Women's 100 metres Butterfly East Germany GDR 2 Silver
1988 Summer 20 Seoul Swimming Women's 200 metres Butterfly East Germany GDR 2 Silver
1988 Summer 20 Seoul Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay East Germany GDR 1 Gold

Women's 100 metres Butterfly

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1988 Summer 20 Seoul Swimming East Germany Final 2 59.45
1988 Summer 20 Seoul Swimming East Germany Round One Heat Six 2 QU 59.97

Women's 200 metres Butterfly

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1988 Summer 20 Seoul Swimming East Germany Final 2 2:09.91
1988 Summer 20 Seoul Swimming East Germany Round One Heat Three 1 QU 2:11.97

Women's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1988 Summer 20 Seoul Swimming East Germany GDR Final 1 OR 4:03.74 59.51 3:08.74
1988 Summer 20 Seoul Swimming East Germany GDR Round One Heat Two 1 QU 4:08.53 1:00.75 3:12.46
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