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Christa Merten

Full name: Christa Merten (Basche-)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-6 (168 cm)
Weight: 117 lbs (53 kg)
Born: October 14, 1944 in Dobbertin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany
Died: July 1, 1986 in Marbella, Málaga, Spain
Affiliations: Bayer Leverkusen, Leverkusen (GER)
Country: FRG West Germany
Sport: Athletics


Middle-distance runner Christa Merten competed in the 1,500 the 1972 München Olympics. She had her best international result at the European Indoors, winning silver in 1970, also finishing fifth in 1971 in the 1,500, and fourth in 1972 in the 800. Domestically Merten won three West German titles at different distances. She set two indoor world records over 1,000 and 1,500, and one outdoor with the 4x800 relay in the 1970s. Her husband Egon Mertens was a non-Olympian triple jumper. Merten was an export merchant. She sadly committed suicide at the Spanish bathing resort of Marbella in 1986.

Personal Best\: 1500 – 4:12.60 (1972).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Summer 27 München Athletics Women's 1,500 metres West Germany FRG 6 h1 r1/3

Women's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A)
1972 Summer 27 München Athletics West Germany Round One Heat One 6 4:12.60
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