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Cornelia Sirch

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 2
Total 3
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameCornelia•Sirch (Embacher-)
Used nameCornelia•Sirch
Born23 October 1966 in Jena, Thüringen (GER)
Measurements176 cm / 70 kg
AffiliationsSC Turbine Erfurt, Erfurt (GER)
NOC East Germany


Backstroke and medley swimmer Cornelia Sirch had her greatest moments at three European Championships, winning six gold and two silver medals between 1983-87. In 1982 and 1986 she also won the 200 backstroke at the World Championships, setting a world record in 1982. She finished her career with one gold, in the medley relay, and two bronze medals in backstroke events at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul. Sirch was named European Swimmer of the Year in 1982.

Sirch trained with coach Wolfgang Fricke in Erfurt, and suffered serious health problems, which she attributed to years of systematic doping enforced on her by the GDR state system. After her active career, Sirch initially worked as a men’s tailor, was later head of a driving school and, from 1994, was a swimming coach in the youth sector. Since 2004 she has been employed by Stadtwerke Erfurt Bäder GmbH and held beginners and advanced swimming courses at the Regional Olympic Center Erfurt.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1988 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) GDR Cornelia Sirch
100 metres Backstroke, Women (Olympic) 3 Bronze
200 metres Backstroke, Women (Olympic) 3 Bronze
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Women (Olympic) East Germany 1 Gold

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