Hannelore Anke

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameHannelore•Anke (-Hofmann)
Used nameHannelore•Anke
Born8 December 1957 in Bad Schlema, Sachsen (GER)
Measurements160 cm / 52 kg
AffiliationsSC Karl-Marx-Stadt, Chemnitz (GER)
NOC East Germany


Débuting at the Olympics at the age of 14, Hannelore Anke won her first major medal in 1973, a silver at the inaugural World Swimming Championships in the 200 m breaststroke. After a disappointing European Championships in 1974, she became one of the stars at the 1975 Cali World Championships, winning both breaststroke events and a gold in the medley relay. In 1978, she added a silver medal in the 200 m breaststroke. In 1976, Anke won two Olympic golds, setting world records in the 100 m breaststroke and medley relay. Four years earlier at München she had been eliminated in the first round of the 200 m breaststroke.

Anke was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1990. After the re-unification of Germany, former East German officials admitted to administering doping to nearly all their swimmers, including Anke. By profession, she became a nursery nurse.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1972 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) GDR Hannelore Anke
200 metres Breaststroke, Women (Olympic) 9
1976 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) GDR Hannelore Anke
100 metres Breaststroke, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
200 metres Breaststroke, Women (Olympic) 4
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Women (Olympic) East Germany 1 Gold

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