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Helga Henning

Full name: Helga Henning (-Fricke)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-6.5 (170 cm)
Weight: 121 lbs (55 kg)
Born: November 11, 1937 in Laatzen, Hannover, Niedersachsen, Germany
Affiliations: SV Polizei Hamburg, Hamburg (GER)
Country: FRG West Germany
Sport: Athletics


Helga Henning placed seventh in the 400 metres at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, becoming the first German woman to better 53 seconds when she recorded 52.89 in the final. She also placed fourth and fifth at the 1962 and the 1966 European Championships. In 1967 she again placed fifth, this time at the European Cup. Domestically Henning won West German titles in the 400 in 1962, 1963, 1966 and 1968; indoor titles in 1961, 1963, 1966 and 1967; adding two relay titles outdoors and three indoors. In 1963 she set two 400 world records outdoors and indoors, and one indoor relay world record in the 4x200.

Henning was educated as a men’s tailor and later married non-Olympian long distance runner Wolfgang Fricke. For her sporting achievements she was awarded the Hermann-Seiffart-Gedächtnispreis (Memorial Award) in 1974.

Personal Best\: 400 – 52.89 (1968).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Summer 30 Ciudad de México Athletics Women's 400 metres West Germany FRG 7

Women's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1968 Summer 30 Ciudad de México Athletics West Germany Final 7 52.8 52.89 3
1968 Summer 30 Ciudad de México Athletics West Germany Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 53.3 53.33
1968 Summer 30 Ciudad de México Athletics West Germany Round One Heat One 3 QU 53.5 53.58
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