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Martina Hellmann

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameMartina Helga•Hellmann (Opitz-)
Used nameMartina•Hellmann
Born12 December 1960 in Leipzig, Sachsen (GER)
Measurements178 cm / 85 kg
AffiliationsSC DHfK, Leipzig (GER)
NOC(s) East Germany Germany

Biography

Olympic Champion Martina Hellmann won the discus throw in 1988 for East Germany. In 1992, she started for the reunified German team but was eliminated in the qualifying round. In 1984 she was nominated but could not start due to the Soviet-led boycott of the Los Angeles Olympics. She was also World Champion in 1983 and 1987, and placed fourth in 1991. Hellmann also won titles at the 1985 World Cup and the 1983 European Cup, where she was runner-up in 1985. She earned two bronze medals at the 1986 and 1990 European Championships. From 1985-87 she was East German Champion, and was runner-up 1991 and 1992 in Unified Germany. In an unsanctioned meet in 1988 Hellmann twice bettered the world record in 1988 (76.92 and 78.14), but the marks were never submitted to the IAAF for record approval. Her father-in-law Karl Hellmann was a well-known shot putter and later coached the javelin throw in the former GDR, coaching among others Ruth Fuchs and Petra Felke.

After her athletic career Hellman graduated as a sports scientist, and then became chairwoman of the sports club BSV AOK Leipzig. From 2000-03 she was Managing Director of the cabaret “academixer” in Leipzig.

Personal Best: DT – 72.92 (1987).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1988 Summer Olympics Athletics Discus Throw, Women Olympic 1 Gold Representing East Germany    
1992 Summer Olympics Athletics Discus Throw, Women Olympic 14 r1/2 Representing Germany    

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1988 Summer Olympics 29 September 1988 Athletics Discus Throw, Women Final Round, Round One 71.84 1
1988 Summer Olympics 29 September 1988 Athletics Discus Throw, Women Final Round, Round Four 72.30 1

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