Rosemarie Ackermann

Rosemarie "Rosi" Ackermann (née Witschas), born 4 April 1952 in Lohsa, Sachsen, is a former East German high jumper. On 26 August 1977 in Berlin, she became the first female high jumper to clear a height of 2 metres.

Rosemarie Ackermann
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Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing  East Germany
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1976 Montreal High jump
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 1974 Rome High jump
Silver medal – second place 1978 Prague High jump

BiographyEdit

As Rosemarie Witschas, she represented East Germany in the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, finishing seventh behind Ulrike Meyfarth.

In 1974, at the European Championships in Rome, she won her first international title, setting a new world record of 1.95m. Later that year, she married handball player Manfred Ackermann, and assumed his surname.[citation needed] Two years later, when she won the gold medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics held in Montreal, Canada.[1]

 
Ackermann competing at the Hochsprung mit Musik meeting, which she won in 1980.

In 1978, she lost her European title to her only real rival, Italian jumper Sara Simeoni.[1] They both cleared the world-record height of 2.01 metres,[citation needed] but Ackermann's early celebrations caused the bar to fall, relegating her to second place. Ackermann retired from athletics after the 1980 Olympics, at which she placed fourth, just outside the medals.

Ackermann is the last female high jumper to set a world record using the straddle technique. She is also the last high jumper of either gender to win an Olympic gold medal in the high jump with that technique.

Competing for the sports club SC Cottbus,[2][3] Ackerman was East German high jump champion in 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1979 and 1980, and also won bronze medals in 1969 and 1972. She was the East German indoor champion in 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977 and 1980.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Ackermann, Rosemarie (1952—)". Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia. HighBeam Research. Archived from the original on 2018-11-15. Retrieved 2020-11-09.
  2. ^ "Leichtathletik - DDR - Meisterschaften (Hochsprung - Damen)" (in German). Sport-Komplett. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Leichtathletik - DDR - Hallen - Meisterschaften (Hochsprung - Damen)" (in German). Sport-Komplett. Retrieved 2 April 2019.

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Records
Preceded by
  Yordanka Blagoeva
Women's High Jump World Record Holder
24 August 1972 – 4 August 1978
Succeeded by
  Sara Simeoni
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
  Nadia Comăneci
United Press International
Athlete of the Year

1977
Succeeded by
  Tracy Caulkins
Preceded by
  Kornelia Ender
East German Sportswoman of the Year
1977
Succeeded by
  Marita Koch
Preceded by
  Tatyana Kazankina
Women's Track & Field Athlete of the Year
1977
Succeeded by
  Marita Koch
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Unknown
Women's High Jump Best Year Performance
1977
Succeeded by
  Sara Simeoni
Preceded by
  Sara Simeoni
Women's High Jump Best Year Performance
1979
Succeeded by
  Sara Simeoni