Carola Nitschke

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Carola Nitschke
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-R0605-0010, Monika Seltmann, Carola Nitschke, Andrea Pollach, Barbara Krause.jpg
Monika Seltmann, Carola Nitschke, Andrea Pollack and Barbara Krause in 1976
Personal information
Born (1962-03-01) 1 March 1962 (age 55)
Berlin, Germany
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 62 kg (137 lb)
Sport Swimming
Club SC Dynamo Berlin

Carola Nitschke (later Beraktschjan, born 1 March 1962) is a retired East German swimmer. She competed at the 1976 Summer Olympics in the 100 m and 200 m breaststroke and finished in fourth and sixth place, respectively. She also won a gold medal in the 4 × 100 m medley relay, though she swam only in a preliminary round.[1] Shortly before the Olympics she set world records in the 4 × 100 m medley relay and 100 m breaststroke. She was only fourteen at the time. Next year she won a gold and a silver medal in these events at the 1977 European Aquatics Championships.[2]

Later she admitted to taking performance-enhancing drugs as part of the East German doping program; she gave up her medals and asked to remove her name from the competition records.[3][4]


  1. ^ Carola Nitschke.
  2. ^ Carola NITSCHKE.
  3. ^ Germany's solution to drug stain just won't wash., 2 April 2003
  4. ^ State-Sponsored Doping: East Germany’s Sinister Scandal.