Halina Górecka

Halina Sylwia Górecka (née Richter, later Herrmann; born 4 February 1938) is a retired Polish and German sprinter. At the Summer Olympics she competed for Poland in 1956, 1960 and 1964 and for West Germany in 1968. She won a bronze and a gold medal in the 4 × 100 m relay in 1960 and 1964, respectively. The Polish team set a world record in the 1964 final, but it was annulled after one teammate, Ewa Kłobukowska, failed a gender test in 1967.[1][2]

Halina Górecka
Halina Górecka and Ewa Kłobukowska 1964.jpg
Halina Górecka (left) and Ewa Kłobukowska at the 1964 Olympics
Personal information
Born4 February 1938 (1938-02-04) (age 83)
Chorzów, Poland
Height1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight57 kg (126 lb)
ClubAKS Chorzów
Górnik Zabrze
ASV Köln
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)100 m – 11.5 (1964)
200 m – 23.6 (1964)

In 1964 Górecka became a double champion of Poland: in 100 m and 200 m, adding to her earlier Polish title in the 4 × 100 m relay in 1954. In 1965, at an international meet in Dortmund, she defected to West Germany and went to Cologne to a friend Reinhold Herrmann. They married in 1966. Her appearance for West Germany at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City did not result in any medals. In Germany Górecka worked as an office clerk. In 2012 her Olympic gold medal was stolen from her apartment.[1]