Marga Petersen

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameMargarete "Marga"•Petersen (Kallensee-)
Used nameMarga•Petersen
Born18 September 1919 in Bremen, Bremen (GER)
Died22 September 2002 in Bremen, Bremen (GER)
Measurements165 cm / 52 kg
AffiliationsSV Werder Bremen, Bremen (GER)
NOC Germany
Nationality West Germany
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1


Sprinter Marga Petersen earned a silver medal with the sprint relay at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics and reached the semifinals of the 100. She earned 10 West German titles in the post-war years. Petersen was elected 1947 West German Sportswoman of the Year. She was also awarded the Silver Bay Leaf in 1951 and 1952. Her husband Ewald Petersen (1915-98) was a nationally successful sprinter. Marga later was a Board Member of “German Former Olympians” and served with the Federation of Former Track and Field Athletes. She was educated as an office clerk.

Personal Best: 100 – 11.8 (1947).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1952 Summer Olympics Athletics GER FRG Marga Petersen
100 metres, Women (Olympic) 5 h1 r3/4
4 × 100 metres Relay, Women (Olympic) Unified Team of Germany 2 Silver

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