Barbara Friedrich

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameBarbara Ann•Friedrich (-Parcinski)
Used nameBarbara•Friedrich
Born18 January 1949 in Newark, New Jersey (USA)
Measurements173 cm / 66 kg
AffiliationsShore AC, Spring Lake, New Jersey (USA)
NOC United States


Barbara Friedrich was a javelin thrower who competed for Newark State College and the Shore Athletic Club in New Jersey. At Newark State, later Kean University, she competed in four sports. In 1967, while at Manasquan High, she set the New Jersey high school record for the girl’s javelin, throwing, 198-8 (60.55), and that mark would never be beaten until the javelin specifications changed, lasting for over 30 years. It was also an American record and the #2 throw in the world at the time. Friedrich was the 1967 Pan American Games gold medalist with the javelin and also won the AAU title in 1968 and the AIAW crown in 1971. She later became a physical education teacher in Toms River, New Jersey.

Personal Bests: SP – 41-3½ [12.58] (1974); JT – 198-8 [60.55] (1967); Pen – 3739 (1964).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1968 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Barbara Friedrich
Javelin Throw, Women (Olympic) 9

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