Annegret Richter

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Annegret Richter
Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing  West Germany
Olympic Games
Gold 1972 Munich 4×100 m relay
Gold 1976 Montreal 100 m
Silver 1976 Montreal 200 m
Silver 1976 Montreal 4×100 m relay

Annegret Richter (born October 13, 1950 in Dortmund) is a German (former West German) athlete and the 1976 Olympic 100 m champion.


Born Annegret Irrgang, she won her first international title at the 1971 European Championships, as a part of her country's 4 x 100 m relay team. The next year, at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, she finished 5th in the 100 m, in front of her home crowd. As she had married hurdler Manfred Richter, she now ran under that name. With the relay team, Richter ran a new world record, beating rivals East Germany for the gold.

At the 1974 European Championships in Rome she was again a member of the national 4 x 100 m relay team, this time winning the silver medal. She was fourth in the 100 metre final.

Before the 1976 Summer Olympics, everybody's attention was not directed at Richter, but at fellow Dortmunder Ingeborg Helten, who had set a new world record of 11.04 just prior to the Games. Richter beat the defending champion Renate Stecher of East Germany in the first round, and ran 11.05 in the second round and set a world record of 11.01 in the semifinals. In the final, Richter, Stecher and Helten finished within one metre of each other, with Richter winning the gold and vanquishing Stecher. Three days later she won a silver medal in the 200 m and another one in the 4 x 100 m relay, being beaten by East Germany this time.

Richter ran the 3rd leg of the winning relay squad at the first World Cup of Track and Field in 1977, she had the second fastest time of the year for the 100 meters of 11.03. She would finish 3rd in the 100 meters and 4th in the 200 meters at the second World Cup in 1979, again running the 3rd leg of the victorious European relay squad, and retired after the boycott of the 1980 Moscow games.

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Preceded by
West Germany Inge Helten
Women's 100m World Record Holder
July 25, 1976 – July 1, 1977
Succeeded by
East Germany Marlies Göhr