Bärbel Wöckel

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Bärbel Wöckel
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Medal record
Women's Athletics
Competitor for  East Germany
Olympic Games
Gold 1976 Montreal 200 m
Gold 1976 Montreal 4 x 100 m relay
Gold 1980 Moscow 200 m
Gold 1980 Moscow 4 x 100 m relay

Bärbel Wöckel (née Eckert; born 21 March 1955 in Leipzig) is a retired East German sprinter, who specialized in the 200 metres.


Wöckel won four Olympic gold medals, two each in the 1976 and 1980 Olympics. In each of those years, Wöckel placed first in the 200 m and 4 × 100 metres relay races.

She won a gold medal at the 1974 European Championships as the anchor of the 4 x 100 m relay, which set a world record of 42.50. She won the gold in the 200 m and as a part of the 4 x 100 m relay team as well as a silver in the 100 metres at the 1982 European Championships.

Bärbel Wöckel competed for the club SC Motor Jena during her active career.

Her rival, Marita Koch, complained in a letter that Bärbel received higher doses of steroids than her, because she had relatives in the company Jenapharm.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Turnbull, Simon (5 September 2010). "After a quarter of a century, Koch remains untouchable". The Independent. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
East Germany Renate Stecher
Women's 200 m Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Poland Irena Szewińska
Preceded by
East Germany Marita Koch
Women's 200 m Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
United States Evelyn Ashford