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Rosie Witschas-Ackermann

Full name: Rosemarie "Rosie" Witschas-Ackermann
Gender: Female
Height: 5'10" (179 cm)
Weight: 159 lbs (72 kg)
Born: April 4, 1952 in Lohsa, Sachsen, Germany
Affiliations: SC Cottbus, Cottbus (GER)
Country: GDR East Germany
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Rosie Ackermann, as she was known after her marriage to handball player Manfred Ackermann, was the last top female jumper to use the straddle style. Between 1973 and 1980 she dominated the East German Championships, winning 11 titles indoor and outdoor. In 1974, she won her first major title at the European Championships in Rome. She followed through with an Olympic gold at Montréal, and in 1977 became the first woman to clear 2 metres, at the ISTAF competition in Berlin's Olympic Stadium. She improved that performance to 2.01 at the 1978 European Championships, but her celebrations caused the mat to slide and the bar fell. This cost Ackermann the title, as Italy's Sara Simeoni had legally cleared 2.01. The last competition for this "queen of the straddle" was the Moscow Olympics, where she placed fourth.

Ackermann initially was trained as a specialist textile saleswoman in Cottbus, then as a domestic trade-employee staff economist at the Consumer Federation of Cooperatives in the footwear industry. Since 1990 she has worked as an assistant in the Employment Office at Cottbus.

Personal Best: HJ – 2.00 (1977).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Summer 20 München Athletics Women's High Jump East Germany GDR 7
1976 Summer 24 Montréal Athletics Women's High Jump East Germany GDR 1 Gold OR
1980 Summer 28 Moskva Athletics Women's High Jump East Germany GDR 4

Women's High Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank BHC MBHC TMBHC TABHC C/F/P
1972 Summer 20 München Athletics East Germany Final Round 7 1.85 2 2 8
1972 Summer 20 München Athletics East Germany Final Round 1.66 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1972 Summer 20 München Athletics East Germany Final Round 1.71 metres 1T o 0 0 1 1.66
1972 Summer 20 München Athletics East Germany Final Round 1.76 metres 12T o 0 0 2 1.71
1972 Summer 20 München Athletics East Germany Final Round 1.79 metres 10T o 0 0 3 1.76
1972 Summer 20 München Athletics East Germany Final Round 1.82 metres 9T o 0 0 4 1.79
1972 Summer 20 München Athletics East Germany Final Round 1.85 metres 5T o 0 0 5 1.82
1972 Summer 20 München Athletics East Germany Final Round 1.88 metres 6 xxo 2 2 8 1.85
1972 Summer 20 München Athletics East Germany Final Round 1.90 metres 7 xxx 2 2 8 1.85
1972 Summer 20 München Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round 6T QU 1.76 0 0 4
1972 Summer 20 München Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 5T 1.76 0 0 4
1972 Summer 20 München Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 1.60 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1972 Summer 20 München Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 1.65 metres 1T o 0 0 1 1.65
1972 Summer 20 München Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 1.70 metres 6T o 0 0 2 1.70
1972 Summer 20 München Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 1.73 metres 6T o 0 0 3 1.73
1972 Summer 20 München Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 1.76 metres 5T o 0 0 4 1.76
1976 Summer 24 Montréal Athletics East Germany Final Round 1 OR 1.93 1 2 9
1976 Summer 24 Montréal Athletics East Germany Final Round 1.70 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1976 Summer 24 Montréal Athletics East Germany Final Round 1.75 metres 1T o 0 0 1 1.75
1976 Summer 24 Montréal Athletics East Germany Final Round 1.78 metres 16T p 0 0 1 1.75
1976 Summer 24 Montréal Athletics East Germany Final Round 1.81 metres 1T o 0 0 2 1.81
1976 Summer 24 Montréal Athletics East Germany Final Round 1.84 metres 1T o 0 0 3 1.84
1976 Summer 24 Montréal Athletics East Germany Final Round 1.87 metres 1T o 0 0 4 1.87
1976 Summer 24 Montréal Athletics East Germany Final Round 1.89 metres 4 xo 1 1 6 1.89
1976 Summer 24 Montréal Athletics East Germany Final Round 1.91 metres 2 o 0 1 7 1.91
1976 Summer 24 Montréal Athletics East Germany Final Round 1.93 metres 1 OR xo 1 2 9 1.93
1976 Summer 24 Montréal Athletics East Germany Final Round 1.97 metres 1 xxx 1 2 9 1.93
1976 Summer 24 Montréal Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round 15 QU 1.80 1 1 4
1976 Summer 24 Montréal Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 11 1.80 1 1 4
1976 Summer 24 Montréal Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 1.70 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1976 Summer 24 Montréal Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 1.75 metres 1T o 0 0 1 1.75
1976 Summer 24 Montréal Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 1.78 metres 2T o 0 0 2 1.78
1976 Summer 24 Montréal Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 1.80 metres 11 xo 1 1 4 1.80
1980 Summer 28 Moskva Athletics East Germany Final Round 4 1.91 0 0 5
1980 Summer 28 Moskva Athletics East Germany Final Round 1.75 metres 1T o 0 0 1 1.75
1980 Summer 28 Moskva Athletics East Germany Final Round 1.80 metres 6T o 0 0 2 1.80
1980 Summer 28 Moskva Athletics East Germany Final Round 1.85 metres 7T o 0 0 3 1.85
1980 Summer 28 Moskva Athletics East Germany Final Round 1.88 metres 4T o 0 0 4 1.88
1980 Summer 28 Moskva Athletics East Germany Final Round 1.91 metres 3 o 0 0 5 1.91
1980 Summer 28 Moskva Athletics East Germany Final Round 1.94 metres 4 xxx 0 0 5 1.91
1980 Summer 28 Moskva Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round 1T QU 1.88 0 0 4
1980 Summer 28 Moskva Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 1T 1.88 0 0 4
1980 Summer 28 Moskva Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 1.75 metres 1T o 0 0 1 1.75
1980 Summer 28 Moskva Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 1.80 metres 1T o 0 0 2 1.80
1980 Summer 28 Moskva Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 1.85 metres 1T o 0 0 3 1.85
1980 Summer 28 Moskva Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 1.88 metres 1T o 0 0 4 1.88