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Karen Forkel (born September 24, 1970 in Wolfen) is a German track and field athlete and an Olympic medal winner. In the 1990s she was among the world's best javelin throwers. Her biggest success came in the 1992 Summer Olympics when she took the bronze medal with a throw of 66.86 meters.[1]

Karen Forkel
Personal information
Nationality East Germany
BornSeptember 24, 1970 (1970-09-24) (age 48)
Wolfen, Saxony-Anhalt, East Germany
Height1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight63 kg (139 lb)
Country East Germany
Event(s)Javelin throw
ClubSV Halle
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)71.20 (1991)

Her personal best throw with the new-type-javelin was 65.17 metres, achieved in July 1999 in Erfurt.[2] This ranks her fifth among German javelin throwers, behind Christina Obergföll, Steffi Nerius, Tanja Damaske and Linda Stahl.[2] With the old javelin type she threw 70.20 metres in May 1991 in Halle. This ranks her fifth among German old-type-javelin throwers, behind Petra Felke (who held the world record), Antje Kempe, Silke Renk and Beate Koch.[3]

Forkel represented SC Chemie Halle, which after the German reunification was renamed SV Halle. During her career she was 1.72 meters tall and weighed 63 kilograms.

International competitionsEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing   East Germany
1987 European Junior Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 3rd 57.00 m
1988 World Junior Championships Sudbury, Canada 1st 61.44 m
1989 European Junior Championships Varaždin, Yugoslavia 1st 70.12 m
1990 European Championships Split, Yugoslavia 2nd 67.56 m
Representing   Germany
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 12th 57.90 m
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 3rd 66.86 m
1993 World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 2nd 65.80 m
1994 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 2nd 66.10 m
1995 World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 6th 64.18 m
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 6th 64.18 m
1997 World Championships Athens, Greece 14th 60.70 m
1999 World Championships Seville, Spain 12th 54.65 m


  1. ^ * Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Karen Forkel". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC.
  2. ^ a b "Alltime toplist javelin throw". IAAF. 4 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-04.
  3. ^ ""Ewige" Bestenliste der deutschen Leichtathletik" (PDF). Deutscher Leichtathletik-Verband. 1 September 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 April 2008. Retrieved 2010-04-04. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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