Silke Möller

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Silke Möller
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1989-0723-014, Silke Möller, Katrin Krabbe.jpg
Medal record
Women's Athletics
Competitor for  East Germany
Olympic Games
Silver 1988 Seoul 4x100 m relay
World Championships
Gold 1983 Helsinki 4x100 m relay
Gold 1987 Rome 100 m
Gold 1987 Rome 200 m
Silver 1987 Rome 4x100 m relay
Silke Gladisch and at the right side Sabine Rieger (1986)

Silke Möller (née Gladisch; born June 20, 1964 in Stralsund, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) is a German athlete, who in the 1980s competed for East Germany as one of the best female sprinters in the world. Her best result was a world record in the 4 x 100 m relay at the World cup in Canberra on October 6, 1985. She and teammates Sabine Rieger, Marlies Göhr, and Ingrid Auerswald ran a time of 41.37 seconds which lasted until 2012.

Biography[edit]

During her career Möller always stood in the shadows of Göhr, Marita Koch, and Heike Drechsler. Only in 1987, while still using her maiden name Gladisch, did she come into her own: at the track and field world championship of 1987 she won two titles – in the 100 m sprint and the 200 m sprint, as well as second place with the 4 x 100 m relay team. With these results she was chosen as the East German sportswoman of the year.

Möller's 200m final performance at Rome in 1987 was exceptionally fast, she stopped the clock at 21.74 seconds. She had won the race by several meters and defeated a world class field including Florence Griffith and Merlene Ottey. Her time of 21.74 seconds was only just outside the then world record of 21.71 held by Marita Koch and Heile Drechsler.

At the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul she won the silver medal as a member of the East German 4 x 100 m relay team (she had at that time taken the name Möller).

In 1992 she was implicated with Katrin Krabbe and Grit Breuer in a doping scandal, but would later be cleared by the International Athletic Federation (IAAF). Shortly before the 1992 Summer Olympics she quit her athletic career and began to study history in Rostock. She worked as a history and sports teacher. She has a daughter (Kristin).

Möller represented the Empor Rostock sport club and trained under Wolfgang Meier (Marita Koch's coach and now Husband). While she was actively competing, she was 1.63 metres tall and weighed 57 kilograms.

Achievements[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  East Germany
1983 World Championships Helsinki, Finland semifinal 100 m 11.30
1st 4x100 m 41.76
1985 World Indoor Games Paris, France 1st 60 m 7.20
European Indoor Indoor Championships Piraeus, Greece 4th 60 m 7.24
World Cup Canberra, Australia 1st 4x100 m 41.37
1986 European Indoor Championships Madrid, Spain 3rd 60 m 7.14
European Champiosnhips Stuttgart, West Germany 4th 100 m 11.09
3rd 200 m 22.49
1st 4x100 m 41.84
1987 World Championships Rome, Italy 1st 100 m 10.90
1st 200 m 21.74
2nd 4x100 m 41.95
1988 European Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 2nd 60 m 7.05
Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea semifinal 100 m 11.12
5th 200 m 22.09
2nd 4x100 m 42.09
1989 World Cup Barcelona, Spain 3rd 100 m 11.24
1st 200 m 22.46
1st 4x100 m 42.21
1990 European Championships Split, Yugoslavia 2nd 100 m 11.10
1st 4x100 m 41.68

Other results[edit]

  • 1981 Junior European champion in the 4 x 100 m relay (43.77 seconds)
  • 1985 European Cup: winner in the 4 x 100 m relay
  • 1987 European Cup winner in the 200 m and 4 x 100 m relay

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
East Germany Heike Drechsler
East German Sportswoman of the Year
1987
Succeeded by
East Germany Kristin Otto
Sporting positions
Preceded by
East Germany Heike Drechsler
Women's 200m Best Year Performance
1987
Succeeded by
United States Florence Griffith-Joyner