Ellen Strophal-Streidt

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games • Non-starter
Full nameEllen•Strophal-Streidt (-Wendland-)
Used nameEllen•Strophal-Streidt
Born27 July 1952 in Wittstock/Dosse, Brandenburg (GER)
Measurements168 cm / 55 kg
AffiliationsASK Vorwärts Potsdam, Potsdam (GER)
NOC East Germany
Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 2


Sprinter Ellen Strophal-Streidt started under her birth name Strophal at the 1972 München Olympics and finished an unfortunate fourth in the 200 and was eliminated in the second round of the 100. Four years later, after marriage and as Strophal-Streidt, she won bronze in the 400 and gold medal with the 4x400 relay, setting a new world record.

At the European Championships she won a gold with the 4x400 relay (1974) and two silvers (400 in 1974, 4x100 in 1971). At the 1975 European Cup she finished second in the 400 and won the 4x400 relay. In 1972 she set a new world record in the 100 with 11.0.

In East Germany Strophal-Streidt claimed 400 metre individual titles in 1975, also winning indoors in 1980. She was first married to hurdler Gerd Streidt and later to decathlete Eberhard Wendland, but they divorced. In 1980, Strophal-Streidt retired from her athletic career and worked as a German teacher and as an employee of a cultural policy organization. After German reunification, she was employed by the Foundation for Palaces and Gardens in Berlin-Brandenburg.

Personal Bests: 100 – 11.0 (1972); 200 – 22.73 (1973); 400 – 50.15 (1976).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1972 Summer Olympics Athletics GDR Ellen Strophal
100 metres, Women (Olympic) 5 h1 r2/4
200 metres, Women (Olympic) 4
1976 Summer Olympics Athletics GDR Ellen Streidt
400 metres, Women (Olympic) 3 Bronze
4 × 400 metres Relay, Women (Olympic) East Germany 1 Gold
1980 Summer Olympics Athletics GDR Ellen Strophal-Streidt
4 × 400 metres Relay, Women (Olympic) East Germany DNS

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