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Dagmar Kersten

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 1
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameDagmar•Kersten
Used nameDagmar•Kersten
Born28 October 1970 in Altdöbern, Brandenburg (GER)
Measurements157 cm / 45 kg
AffiliationsSC Dynamo Berlin, Ost-Berlin (GER)
NOC East Germany


East German gymnast Dagmar Kersten won the team bronze medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. She finished eighth in the individual all-around and qualified for the horse vault and the uneven bars finals. In the horse vault she placed sixth, but won the silver medal on the uneven bars.

At the 1985 European Championships, Kersten won bronze in the horse vault. The same year she won three bronze medals at the Worlds in the individual all-around, the horse vault, and with the team. She also won the silver medal on the uneven bars. Domestically, she won six national titles.

After re-unification, Kersten moved to live with her mother in Celle, before moving to Stuttgart, where she trained as an office clerk with the Swabian Gymnastics Association. Kersten became press officer at the Lower Saxony Gymnastics Federation in 2006. She made her own doping history public in 2011 when she was then recognized as a doping victim. Later she ran a martial arts and movement arts school near Oldenburg.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1988 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) GDR Dagmar Kersten
Individual All-Around, Women (Olympic) 8
Team All-Around, Women (Olympic) East Germany 3 Bronze
Floor Exercise, Women (Olympic) =10 r1/1
Horse Vault, Women (Olympic) 6
Uneven Bars, Women (Olympic) 2 Silver
Balance Beam, Women (Olympic) =34 r1/1