Gudrun Wegner

Gudrun Wegner (later Wünsche, 28 February 1955 – 16 January 2005) was a German swimmer. She competed at the 1972 Summer Olympics in the 200, 400 and 800 m freestyle events; she won a bronze medal in the 400 m and finished fifth in 800 m.[1] Later she won one gold, one silver and two bronze medals in the 400 m medley and 800 m freestyle events at the 1973 World Aquatics Championships and 1974 European Aquatics Championships.[2] In 1973 she also set a world record in the 400 m medley.

Gudrun Wegner
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Gudrun Wegner in 1973
Personal information
Born28 February 1955
Görlitz, Germany
Died16 January 2005 (aged 49)
Dresden, Germany
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight65 kg (143 lb)
ClubSC Einheit Dresden
Medal record
Representing  East Germany
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1972 Munich 400 m freestyle
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1973 Belgrade 400 m medley
Bronze medal – third place 1973 Belgrade 800 m freestyle
European Championships
Silver medal – second place 1974 Vienna 400 m medley
Bronze medal – third place 1974 Vienna 800 m freestyle

After retirement from competitions she graduated from the German Institute of Physical Education (DHfK) in Leipzig and worked as a coach. The unification of Germany left her jobless. She briefly worked as waitress and then re-trained as social therapist. She died of cancer.[3]


  1. ^ Reinhard Merkel Archived 2 February 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Gudrun WEGNER.
  3. ^ Jochen Mayer (19 January 2005) Grundsätze mit Fragen. Sächsische Zeitung