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Stéphane Franke (February 12, 1964 – June 23, 2011) was a long-distance runner representing Germany, who twice won the bronze medal in the men's 10.000 metres at the European Championships (1994 and 1998). He represented Germany twice at the Summer Olympics, in 1992 (Barcelona) and 1996 in Atlanta.

Having been born in Versailles, France, Franke also held French citizenship. At age five, he moved to Bergisch Gladbach with his family. Eventually they made their home in Filderstadt, near Stuttgart. Franke joined SV Salamander Kornwestheim from Kornwestheim, also near Stuttgart. In 1997, he moved to Berlin and became part of SC Charlottenburg Berlin.

He died in Potsdam, Germany, on June 23, 2011, of lymphatic cancer, within five weeks of being diagnosed with the disease, at the age of 47. [1]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing   Germany
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 12th 10.000m 28:20.00
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 14th Heat 1 10.000m 28:52.83
1993 World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 4th 10.000m 28:10.69
1994 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 10th 5000m 13:45.67
3rd 10,000m 28:07.95
1995 World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 7th 10.000m 27:48.88
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 9th 10.000m 27:59.08
1997 World Championships Athens, Greece 31st Marathon 2:23:53
1998 European Championships Budapest, Hungary 3rd 10.000m 27:59.90