Liesel Westermann

Lieselotte "Liesel" Westermann-Krieg (born Westermann on 2 November 1944) is a retired German discus thrower. She held the world record from 5 November 1967 to 12 August 1971, with a two-months break in 1968. She competed for West Germany at the 1968 and 1972 Olympics and finished in second and fifth place, respectively.[1] She won silver medals at the 1966 and 1971 European championships. For her athletics achievements Westermann was selected as the German Sportspersonality of the year in 1967 and 1969,[2] and inducted into the Germany's Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.[3]

Liesel Westermann
Liesel Westermann 1968.jpg
Liesel Westermann in 1968
Personal information
Born2 November 1944 (1944-11-02) (age 75)
Sulingen, Germany
Height1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight78 kg (172 lb)
Event(s)Discus throw
ClubBayer Leverkusen
Coached byGerd Osenberg
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)64.96 m (1972)

After retiring from competitions Westermann worked as a teacher of physical education, eventually becoming a consultant for sports and health education with the Ministry for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony. An avid opponent of doping (she was once described as the last undoped discus world record holder) she was a member of the Anti-Doping Commission of the German Sports Federation and the National Olympic Committee.[3] Westermann is married and has four children. As a member of the Free Democratic Party she unsuccessfully contested district elections in 1984.[2]


  • Liesel Westermann (1977) Es kann nicht immer Lorbeer sein. Molden, Munich, ISBN 3-217-00846-4.


Preceded by
Tamara Press
Christine Spielberg
Women's Discus World Record Holder
5 November 1967 – 26 May 1968
24 August 1968 – 12 August 1971
Succeeded by
Christine Spielberg
Faina Melnik
Preceded by
Helga Hoffmann & Karin Frisch
Ingrid Becker
German Sportswoman of the Year
Succeeded by
Ingrid Becker
Heide Rosendahl