Ursel Brunner

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 2
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameUrsula "Ursel"•Brunner (-Wirth)
Used nameUrsel•Brunner
Born30 January 1941 in Ziegelhausen, Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg (GER)
Measurements165 cm / 55 kg
AffiliationsSV Nikar, Heidelberg (GER)
NOC Germany
Nationality West Germany


Freestyle swimmer Ursel Brunner was the dominating freestyle swimmer in West Germany during the 1950s and early 1960s. She claimed 44 West German national titles and set 99 (!!) German records. In 1963, she was elected Sportswoman of the Year after winning the gold medal in the 400m freestyle at the Summer Universiade.

At the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, Brunner earned two bronze medals with the 4x100m freestyle and the 4x100m medley relays. She also reached the semi-finals in the 100m freestyle and was eliminated in the preliminaries of the 400m freestyle. Four years later at the 1964 Olympic Games, she only swam the 100m butterfly but was eliminated early.

Brunner was married to her former coach Hans Wirth, who died in 1988. After her competitive career, she became a swimming coach. By profession, she was a teacher and a longtime principal of the International Comprehensive School at Heidelberg. Brunner was became a fencing coach at Heidelberger Fechtverein, which she founded in 2009.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1960 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) GER FRG Ursel Brunner
100 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 10
400 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 11
4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Women (Olympic) Unified Team of Germany 3 Bronze
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Women (Olympic) Unified Team of Germany 3 Bronze
1964 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) GER FRG Ursel Brunner
100 metres Butterfly, Women (Olympic) 26

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