Angela Voigt

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Angela Voigt
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Voigt in 1976
Personal information
Birth name Angela Schmalfeld
Nationality East German
Born (1951-05-18)18 May 1951
Weferlingen, Bezirk Magdeburg
Died 10 April 2013(2013-04-10) (aged 61)
Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 63 kg (139 lb)
Sport
Sport Track and field
Event(s) Long jump
Club SC Magdeburg

Angela Voigt, née Schmalfeld (18 May 1951 – 10 April 2013) was an East German long jumper.

Biography[edit]

She was born in Weferlingen. Voigt was originally a pentathlete, and finished third and second at the East German championships in 1972 and 1973.[1] Because of injuries she eventually concentrated on the long jump only. She finished fourth at the 1974 European Championships.

Voigt set a long jump world record of 6.92 metres at Dresden in May 1976 but it was broken ten days later by Siegrun Siegl. At the 1976 Montreal Olympics Siegl finished fifth while Voigt won the gold with a leap of 6.72 metres. Kathy McMillan, who eventually finished second, had a longer jump which was deemed a foul.

At the 1978 European Championships Voigt won a silver medal, having given birth to a son the previous year. 6.92 m remained her career best jump, and today this places her ninth on the German all-time performers list, behind Heike Drechsler, Helga Radtke, Sabine Paetz, Brigitte Wujak, Birgit Großhennig, Susen Tiedtke, Siegrun Siegl and Christine Schima.[2]

She competed for the sports club SC Magdeburg during her active career. She retired in 1982. On 11 April 2013, she died following a short, severe illness.[3][4]

References[edit]

Records
Preceded by
Incumbent
Women's Long Jump World Record Holder
May 9, 1976 – July 26, 1976
Succeeded by
East Germany Siegrun Siegl