Birte Weigang

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Birte Weigang
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Medal record
Women's swimming
Competitor for  East Germany
Olympic Games
Gold 1988 Seoul 4×100 m medley
Silver 1988 Seoul 100 m butterfly
Silver 1988 Seoul 200 m butterfly
World Championships - Long Course
Bronze 1986 Madrid 200 m butterfly
European Championships (LC)
Gold 1985 Sofia 100 m backstroke
Gold 1985 Sofia 4×100 m medley
Gold 1987 Strasbourg 4×100 m medley
Silver 1985 Sofia 100 m butterfly
Silver 1987 Strasbourg 100 m butterfly
Silver 1987 Strasbourg 200 m butterfly
Birte Weigang (1983)
29th NOK competition in Berlin (1983)
Birte Weigang (1987)

Birte Weigang (born 31 January 1968 in Leipzig) is a former butterfly and backstroke swimmer from East Germany, who won three medals at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. The twenty-year old triumphed with the DDR women's relay team in the 4×100 m medley together with her teammates Kristin Otto, Silke Hörner and Katrin Meißner, and finished second in both the 100 m and the 200 m butterfly. She won a gold medal in 1987 at the European Championships, at women's 4×100 m medley.

She is a daughter of the legendary Horst Weigang, once a footballer of the year for East Germany. She started her career in SC Turbine Erfurt. Weigang celebrated her biggest success in 1985, when at the age of 17 she became a European backstroke champion. Later she concentrated on butterfly style and won a silver medal at the World Championships in 1986, which were held in Madrid.

After Birte has given up her swimming career, she became a coach.

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