Gisela Birkemeyer

Gisela Birkemeyer (née Köhler on 22 December 1931) is a retired German sprint runner who won two medals in the 80 m hurdles at the 1956 and 1960 Olympics. During her career she set nine world records in the 80 m hurdles and in the 4×100 m, 4×110 yd and 4×200 m relays. She won 40 East German championships, mostly in the 80 m hurdles (1953–1961) and 200 m sprint (1956–1960).[1] At the European Championships in Stockholm in 1958, she was third in the 80 m hurdles. In 1959, she was voted GDR Sportswoman of the Year.[2]

Gisela Birkemeyer
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Gisela Birkemeyer in 1960
Personal information
Birth nameGisela Köhler
Born (1931-12-22) 22 December 1931 (age 90)
Ore Mountains (Germany)
Height1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
Weight60 kg (132 lb)
SportSprint running, hurdles
ClubSC Dynamo Berlin

Earlier in 1957 she married Heinz Birkemeyer and since 1960 competed under his name. After retiring from competitions she worked as a coach.[2] She now lives as a pensioner in Berlin Marzahn.[3]


  1. ^ Leichtathletik – Deutsche Meisterschaften – Halle (Staffeln – Herren – Teil 1). Retrieved on 25 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Gisela Köhler-Birkemeyer". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 25 May 2015.
  3. ^ Birkemeyer. Retrieved on 25 May 2015.

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Preceded by East German Sportswoman of the Year
Succeeded by