Ute Geweniger

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameUte•Geweniger (-Strauss)
Used nameUte•Geweniger
Born24 February 1964 in Chemnitz, Sachsen (GER)
Measurements179 cm / 62 kg
AffiliationsSC Karl-Marx-Stadt, Chemnitz (GER)
NOC East Germany


Predominantly a breaststroke swimmer, East German Ute Geweniger burst into the scene at the 1980 Moskva Olympic Games, which were boycotted by the Western countries. She won gold medals in the 100 metres event and the 4x100 medley relay. She also finished sixth in the 200 metres. During her active career she set several European and world records.

At the 1981 European Championships, Geweniger won five gold medals, in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, 100 butterfly, 200 individual medley, and 4x100 medley relay. She was therefore elected Sportswoman of the Year. Geweniger won two golds and two silvers at the 1982 Worlds and, at the 1983 Europeans, she added four more gold medals and was named World Swimmer of the Year. In 2013, however, Swimming World removed all awards previously made to East German swimmers because of the government-sanctioned systematic doping. Geweniger also won two golds and two silvers at the 1982 Worlds.

In 2005, Geweniger confirmed that her success was only achieved by regularly using doping substances. By profession, she became a cosmetician and owned a beauty salon at Chemnitz.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1980 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) GDR Ute Geweniger
100 metres Breaststroke, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
200 metres Breaststroke, Women (Olympic) 6
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Women (Olympic) East Germany 1 Gold

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