Helga Lindner

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1
RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameHelga•Lindner (-Härtel)
Used nameHelga•Lindner
Born5 May 1951 in Chemnitz, Sachsen (GER)
Died3 November 2021 in Chemnitz, Sachsen (GER)
Measurements171 cm / 66 kg
AffiliationsSC Karl-Marx-Stadt, Chemnitz (GER)
NOC East Germany


Helga Lindner, cousin of her 1972 teammate Renate Vogel, was a butterfly specialist who won the silver medal in the 200 metres at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, losing by only 0.1 seconds to Ada Kok of the Netherlands. She also finished eighth over 100 metres and came in fifth with the medley relay. At München in 1972 she only competed in the 200 butterfly and again reached the final, placing sixth. At the 1970 Europeans in Barcelona Lindner won two golds (200 butterfly, medley relay) and one silver (100 butterfly). Domestically she earned East German titles in both the 100 and 200 butterfly in 1965-66 and 1968-71.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1968 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) GDR Helga Lindner
100 metres Butterfly, Women (Olympic) 8
200 metres Butterfly, Women (Olympic) 2 Silver
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Women (Olympic) East Germany 5
1972 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) GDR Helga Lindner
200 metres Butterfly, Women (Olympic) 6

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