Heike Friedrich

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Heike Friedrich
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Heike Friedrich in 1988
Personal information
Nationality  East Germany
Born (1970-04-18) 18 April 1970 (age 44)
Karl-Marx-Stadt, Sachsen
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 63 kilograms (139 lb)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle
Club SC Karl-Marx-Stadt

Heike Friedrich (born 18 April 1970 in Karl-Marx-Stadt, Saxony) is a former freestyle swimmer from East Germany, who won two medals at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.

At the age of 15, Friedrich won five gold medals in the 1985 European championships and won four more in the World Championship the next year. She had not lost in a single major international championship in any event until she was defeated by Janet Evans in the 400 m in the Seoul Olympics, taking the silver medal. Freidrich had already won the gold medal in the 200 m freestyle on the previous day.

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Records
Preceded by
East Germany Kristin Otto
Women's 200 metre freestyle
world record holder (long course)

18 June 1986 – 6 September 1994
Succeeded by
Germany Franziska van Almsick