Ellen Tittel

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Ellen Tittel
Ellen Tittel, Berny Boxem, Jennifer Orr, Karin Krebs 1972.jpg
Tittel (left) at the 1972 Olympics
Personal information
Born 21 January 1953 (1953-01-21) (age 64)
Mühlbach (de), Germany
Height 158 cm (5 ft 2 in)
Weight 44 kg (97 lb)
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 800 m, 1500 m
Club Bayer Leverkusen
Coached by Gerd Osenberg[1]
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 800 m – 2:03.1 (1971)
1500 m – 4:06.65 (1972)[2][3]

Ellen Tittel (later Wellmann, later Wessinghage, born 21 January 1953) is a retired West German middle-distance runner who specialized in the 1500 m event. She won the European indoor title in 1973, placing third in 1975, and had another third-place finish at the 1971 European Outdoor Championships. She reached the 1500 m finals at the 1972 and 1976 Summer Olympics, but abandoned the 1972 race due to stomach cramps.[4] In 1971 she helped to set a new world record in the 4 × 800 m relay.[1]

Domestically Tittel set a national record in 1969 and won the national title in 1970-76. In 1975 she was chosen the German Sportspersonality of the Year.[1]

Tittel is a lawyer by profession.[1] Before turning to athletics she tried gymnastics, but found it too boring.[4] She married two fellow Olympic middle-distance runners, first Paul-Heinz Wellmann,[1] and a few years later Thomas Wessinghage.[2] With Wessinghage she has a son Daniel.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e Ellen Wessinghage. leverkusen.com
  2. ^ a b Ellen Tittel-Wellmann. sports-reference.com
  3. ^ Ellen Wellmann (neé Tittel). trackfield.brinkster.net
  4. ^ a b c Bill Bruns (March 6, 1978). "Thomas Wessinghage Finished Behind Ellen's First Hubby—but Only in the Olympics". People. 9 (9). 
Preceded by
Germany Christel Justen
German Sportswoman of the Year
Succeeded by
Germany Rosi Mittermaier