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.


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 beaten a world class field including Florence Griffith-Joyner. Her time of 21.74 seconds was only just outside the current 200m WR of 21.71 held by Marita Koch.

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 92 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.

Other results[edit]

  • 1981 Junior European champion in the 4 x 100 m relay (43.77 seconds)
  • 1983 World champion in the 4 x 100 m relay (41.76 seconds, with Marita Koch, Ingrid Auerswald and Marlies Göhr)
  • 1985 European Cup: winner in the 4 x 100 m relay
  • 1986 European Championships: 1st place in the 4 x 100 m relay (41.84 second, together with Sabine Günther, Ingrid Auerswald and Marlies Göhr; 3rd place in the 200 m (22.49 seconds), 4th place in the 100 m (11.09 seconds)
  • 1987 European Cup winner in the 200 m and 4 x 100 m relay
  • 1988 Olympic Games: 5th place in the 200 m (22.09 seconds)
  • 1989 World Cup in Barcelona: Winner in the 200 m, and with the 4 x 100 m relay. Third in the 100 m; European cup: Winner in the 200 m and 4 x 100 m relay.
  • 1990 European Championships: 2nd place in the 100 m (11.10 second), European champion in the 4 x 100 m relay (41.68 seconds, with Katrin Krabbe, Sabine Günther and Kerstin Behrendt)

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