Rosemarie Kother-Gabriel

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameRosemarie•Kother-Gabriel
Used nameRosemarie•Kother-Gabriel
Born27 February 1956 in Luckenwalde, Brandenburg (GER)
Measurements160 cm / 50 kg
AffiliationsSC Dynamo Berlin, Ost-Berlin (GER)
NOC East Germany


Rosemarie Kother-Gabriel was a butterfly specialist, placing an unfortunate fourth in the 200 metres at the 1972 Olympic Games. She also was eliminated in the heats of the 100 butterfly at München. Four years later at Montréal Kother-Gabriel won the bronze medal behind her teammates Andrea Pollack and Ulrike Tauber. In the 100 fly she finished fifth. She was also a member of the gold medal winning medley relay team, but swam only in the heats.

Kother-Gabriel was even more successful at the 1974 Wien (Vienna) Europeans, winning three gold medals in both butterfly events and with the 4x100 medley relay. She also claimed four gold and two silver medals at the 1973 Belgrade and the 1975 Cali Worlds. In 1973 she earned gold in the 200 m butterfly and with the 4x100 medley relay, and silver in the 100 m butterfly. In 1975 she won the same medals in the same events. Between 1973 and 1976 Kother-Gabriel set five world records and won six East German titles from 1972-76.

In 1986, Kother-Gabriel was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. By profession, she became a physiotherapist and owned a practice together with her daughter Linda in Berlin. She worked with high-performance athletes at SC Berlin from 1980-90.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1972 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) GDR Rosemarie Kother
100 metres Butterfly, Women (Olympic) 9
200 metres Butterfly, Women (Olympic) 4
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Women (Olympic) East Germany DNS
1976 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) GDR Rosemarie Gabriel
100 metres Butterfly, Women (Olympic) 5
200 metres Butterfly, Women (Olympic) 3 Bronze
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Women (Olympic) East Germany 1

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