Betty Heidler (born 14 October 1983) is a retired German track and field athlete who competed in the hammer throw. She held the world record from 2011 until 2014 with her personal best throw of 79.42 m (260 ft 6 in). She is the 2012 Olympic silver medallist, the 2007 World champion and the 2009 and 2011 World Championship silver medallist. She also finished fourth in the Olympic finals in 2004 and 2016.
|Born||October 14, 1983|
East Berlin, East Germany
|Education||Bachelor of Laws|
|Alma mater||University of Hagen|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||83 kg (183 lb)|
|Club||LG Eintracht Frankfurt|
|Coached by||Bernd Madler|
|Achievements and titles|
|Updated on 13 August 2012.|
She now lives in Frankfurt and is a member of the Eintracht Frankfurt athletics team. She works for the German Federal Police where she is a member of the sports support group and started studying Bachelor of Laws at the Fernuniversität Hagen in 2007.
Heidler won the inaugural IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge in 2010, finishing at the top of the rankings ahead of Anita Wlodarczyk. She won the gold medal at the 2010 European Athletics Championships then went on to take the silver medal at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics. In May 2011, in Halle, she achieved a new world record in hammer throw, with a result of 79.42 m. She began the 2012 season with a series of wins, performing at the Colorful Daegu Meeting, Golden Spike Ostrava, and Prefontaine Classic.
Heidler won a medal at the 2012 London Olympics. The event was not without controversy as the referees first failed to correctly measure Heidler's bronze-winning throw. She was then later promoted to the silver medal position, after Tatyana Lysenko was disqualified for a doping violation in 2016.
- "Betty Heidler". London2012.com. London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Archived from the original on 27 August 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2012.
- Mikhnevich and Müller put on a show at the European Cup Winter Throwing[permanent dead link]. European Athletics (20 March 2010). Retrieved 23 March 2010.
- Sampaolo, Diego (29 August 2010). "Rudisha lowers 800m World record again, 1:41.01; Carter dashes 9.78sec in Rieti – IAAF World Challenge". IAAF. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
- "Das Leichtathletik-Portal - Start".
- Gains, Paul (2 June 2012). "Dibaba 30:24.39 and Kiprop 27:01.98 on stunning but wet first night in Eugene – Samsung Diamond League". IAAF. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
- "London 2012 - Event Report - Women's Hammer Throw Final". IAAF. 10 August 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Betty Heidler.|
- Betty Heidler at World Athletics
- Betty Heidler at the International Olympic Committee
- Betty Heidler at the Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund (in German)
- Betty Heidler at Olympics at Sports-Reference.com (archived)
| Women's Hammer World Record Holder
21 May 2011 – August 31, 2014