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Medal record

Margitta Gummel-Helmboldt in 1969
Competitor for  East Germany
Women's athletics
Olympic Games
Gold 1968 Mexico City Shot put
Silver 1972 Munich Shot put
European Indoor Championships
Gold 1966 Dortmund Shot put
Silver 1968 Madrid Shot put
Silver 1971 Sofia Shot put
European Championships
Silver 1966 Budapest Shot put
Silver 1969 Athens Shot put
Silver 1971 Helsenki Shot put

Margitta Gummel-Helmboldt (born June 29, 1941) is a German former Olympic champion. Born in Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt, East Germany, she competed for the Unified German team in the 1964 Summer Olympics, East Germany in the 1968 Summer Olympics, and East Germany again at the 1972 Summer Olympics. One of the details characterizing Gummel-Helmboldt was her rivalry with Nadezhda Chizhova of the Soviet Union.[1]

Margitta Gummel-Helmboldt did not win any medals in the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, where she competed in the shot put event. Later, at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, she won a gold medal in the shot put event, and, four years later, a silver medal in the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, again in the shot put event, and beaten by her rival Nadezhda Chizhova.[2] In the 1968 shot put event, she became the first woman to throw more than 19 meters.[3]

Margitta also competed for East Germany in the European Indoor Championships. In 1966, at Dortmund, she placed first in the shot put event. In 1968, this time at Madrid, she placed second in the shot put, beaten by Nadezhda Chizhova. At Sofia, in 1971, she also placed second in shot put, beaten again by Chizhova.

She also competed in the European Championships. In the 1966 Championships, held in Budapest, she placed second in the women's shot put. Chizhova placed first. She later competed in the 1969 Championships, held in Athens, with the same results.[4] She also participated in the 1971 Championships, held in Helsinki, but this time received third as her rival Chizhova placed first.[5]

It was later revealed that Gummel was one of the first East Germans to be administered steroids though she was not given her first dose of Turinabol until July 28, 1968, less than three months before the 1968 Games.[6]


  1. ^ Casey, Ron. "Margitta Gummel". Retrieved 2009-05-03.  
  2. ^ "Athletics at the 1972 München Summer Games: Women's Shot Put". Retrieved 2009-05-03.  
  3. ^ Casey, Ron. "Margitta Gummel". Retrieved 2009-05-03.  
  4. ^ "Athens 69, Women's Results". Retrieved 2009-05-03.  
  5. ^ "Helsinki 71, Women's Results". Retrieved 2009-05-03.  
  6. ^ Wallenchinsky, David and Jaime Loucky (2008). "Track & Field (Women): Shot Put". In The Complete Book of the Olympics: 2008 Edition. London: Aurum Press Limited. p. 352.




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