Claudia Hempel

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameClaudia•Hempel (-Thamke)
Used nameClaudia•Hempel
Born25 September 1958 in Merseburg, Sachsen-Anhalt (GER)
Measurements172 cm / 67 kg
AffiliationsBerliner TSC, Berlin (GER)
NOC East Germany
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1


Claudia Hempel finished sixth and seventh in the 100 and 200 metre freestyles, respectively, at the 1976 Montréal Olympics. She won a silver medal with the East German 4x100 freestyle relay team. She was also on the squads of the 4x100 freestyle and the 4x100 medley relays at the 1975 Cali Worlds, which won gold medals, but with the medley relay she only swam in the heats. In 1975, she had won both distances in the backstroke events at the East German nationals.

Hempel later studied sports and became a sport school teacher, teaching sports and German. Her husband Dr. Hartmut Thamke was a physician and became the club doctor of the football (soccer) club FC Energie Cottbus.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1976 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) GDR Claudia Hempel
100 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 6
200 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 7
4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Women (Olympic) East Germany 2 Silver

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