Birgit Treiber

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Birgit Treiber
Birgit Treiber 1979.jpg
Treiber in 1979
Personal information
Nationality German
Born (1960-02-26) 26 February 1960 (age 57)
Oschatz, Germany
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 66 kg (146 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Backstroke
Club SC Einheit Dresden

Birgit Treiber (born 26 February 1960) is a former swimmer from the German Democratic Republic. She won one gold and two silver medals in the 1976 Summer Olympics and a bronze medal in the 1980 Summer Olympics.[1]


She began her international career in 1975, setting a new world record in the 200 m backstroke at the 1975 World Aquatics Championships, where she also won silver medal in the 100 m breaststroke.[2]

At the 1976 Summer Olympics, she won a gold medal in the 4 × 100 m medley relay. She swam only in the preliminary round, where the East Germany team set a new Olympic record. In the 100 meters and 200 meters backstroke she finished second behind Ulrike Richter.[1] In the same year she set world records in the 400 m individual medley and 200 m backstroke. Next year she won three gold medals at the European LC Championships 1977.[2]

After winning three silver medals at the 1978 and a bronze medal at the 1980 Summer Olympics she ended her swimming career and became a dentist. It was later revealed that she was involved in the East Germany doping program.[3]

Treiber in 1978


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