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Franka Dietzsch (born 22 January 1968 in Wolgast) is a former German discus thrower best known for winning gold medals at three World Championships in Athletics. She won the 1998 European Championships and 1999 World Championships, but did not return to the international podium until her win at the 2005 World Championships.

Franka Dietzsch
Franka Dietzsch Marktplatz-Center.jpg
Franka Dietzsch in 2005
Personal information
Born (1968-01-22) January 22, 1968 (age 51)
Wolgast, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, East Germany
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight82 kg (181 lb)
Country East Germany
Event(s)Discus throw
ClubSC Empor Rostock
SC Neubrandenburg
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)69.51 m (1999)

At the age of 39 she won her third world championship title in 2007 in Osaka. After spending a year away from the field due to health problems, she returned to competition at the Wiesbaden meet. She finished in second place with 61.49 metres, remaining focused on defending her discus World Champion at the 2009 World Championships,[1] at which she finished 23rd at 58.44 metres, failing to qualify for the final. She retired the same year as one of the few remaining athletes to have competed for East Germany.[2]

Her personal best throw is 69.51 metres, achieved in May 1999 in Wiesbaden. This result ranks her ninth among German discus throwers, behind Gabriele Reinsch, Ilke Wyludda, Diana Gansky-Sachse, Irina Meszynski, Gisela Beyer, Martina Hellmann-Opitz, Evelin Jahl and Silvia Madetzky.[3]



  1. ^ Wenig, Jörg (18 May 2009). Fine start for Berlin’s Robert Harting – German competition weekend round-up. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-05-18.
  2. ^ (6 September 2009) Franka Dietzsch und Steffi Nerius sagen Adieu Retrieved on 2017-04-12.
  3. ^ Microsoft Word – Ewige DLV-Bestenliste.doc Archived 4 July 2007 at the Wayback Machine

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
  Xiao Yanling
Women's Discus Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
  Natalya Sadova
Preceded by
  Vera Pospíšilová
Women's Discus Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
  Iryna Yatchenko