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Ursel Brunner

Full name: Ursula "Ursel" Brunner (-Wirth)
Nickname(s): Mohrle
Gender: Female
Height: 5-4.5 (165 cm)
Weight: 121 lbs (55 kg)
Born: January 30, 1941 in Ziegelhausen, Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Affiliations: SV Nikar, Heidelberg (GER)
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 2 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Freestyle swimmer Ursel Brunner was the dominating freestyle swimmer in West Germany during the 1950s and early 1960s. She claimed 44 West German national titles and set 99 (!!) German records. In 1963, she was elected Sportswoman of the Year after winning the gold medal in the 400m freestyle at the Summer Universiade.

At the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, Brunner earned two bronze medals with the 4x100m freestyle and the 4x100m medley relays. She also reached the semi-finals in the 100m freestyle and was eliminated in the preliminaries of the 400m freestyle. Four years later at the 1964 Olympic Games, she only swam the 100m butterfly but was eliminated early.

Brunner was married to her former coach Hans Wirth, who died in 1988. After her competitive career, she became a swimming coach. By profession, she was a teacher and a longtime principal of the International Comprehensive School at Heidelberg. Brunner was became a fencing coach at Heidelberger Fechtverein, which she founded in 2009.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 19 Roma Swimming Women's 100 metres Freestyle Germany GER 6 h2 r2/3
1960 Summer 19 Roma Swimming Women's 400 metres Freestyle Germany GER 4 h3 r1/2
1960 Summer 19 Roma Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay Germany GER 3 Bronze
1960 Summer 19 Roma Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay Germany GER 3 Bronze
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Swimming Women's 100 metres Butterfly Germany GER 6 h1 r1/3

Women's 100 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1960 Summer 19 Roma Swimming Germany Semi-Finals Heat Two 6 1:04.8
1960 Summer 19 Roma Swimming Germany Round One Heat Four 2 Q 1:04.6

Women's 400 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 1cT 1cR 2cT 2cR 3cT 3cR 100-200m 200-300m 300-400m
1960 Summer 19 Roma Swimming Germany Round One Heat Three 4 5:05.3 1:08.5 2 2:25.9 3 3:44.5 4 1:17.4 (4) 1:18.6 (4) 1:20.8 (5)

Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1960 Summer 19 Roma Swimming Germany GER Final 3 1:04.0 4:19.7 3
1960 Summer 19 Roma Swimming Germany GER Round One Heat Two 3 1:05.4 4:24.2 3

Women's 100 metres Butterfly

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Swimming Germany Round One Heat One 6 1:13.6

Women's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1960 Summer 19 Roma Swimming Germany GER Final 3 1:05.1 4:47.6 3
1960 Summer 19 Roma Swimming Germany GER Round One Heat One 3 1:04.8 4:49.6 3
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