Gabriele Reinsch

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Gabriele Reinsch (right) with Ilke Wyludda, 1988

Gabriele "Gabi" Reinsch (23 September 1963 in Cottbus) is a German track and field athlete. She represented East Germany in the 1988 Olympic Games in discus throw.

On 9 July 1988 at the East Germany – Italy tournament in Neubrandenburg she set a new world record with a throw of 76.80 metres (252.0 ft). This was 2.24 metres (7 ft 4 in) further than the previous record, set by the Czechoslovakian Zdenka Šilhavá, and 2.72 metres (8 ft 11 in) further than the world record for men (men discus weight is 2 kilograms while women discus weight is 1 kilogram) set by Jürgen Schult (DDR) 6 June 1986. Reinsch's record still stands (the East German Martina Hellmann had in fact thrown 76.92 metres (252.4 ft) and 78.14 metres (256.4 ft), both on 6 September 1988, but these came in an unofficial event and could not be counted as the world record).

Reinsch began competing at the age of 14 and tried at first the high jump and shot put, even placing second in the shot put at the 1981 junior European championships. In 1982 she switched to the discus.

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  East Germany
1981 European Junior Championships Utrecht, Netherlands 2nd Shot put 17.03 m
1987 Universiade Zagreb, Yugoslavia 2nd Discus 64.12 m
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 7th Discus 67.26 m
1989 Universiade Duisburg, Germany 2nd Discus 65.20 m
1990 European Championships Split, Yugoslavia 4th Discus 66.08 m
  • 1988 Olympic Games: (67.26 - 66.50 - 63.30 - 65.88 - 66.40 - Foul)
  • 1990 European Championships: (Foul - 63.46 - 64.30 - Foul - 66.08 - 65.06)

Reinsch belonged to the Cottbus sport club until 1985 and then from 1986 to the ASK Potsdam. She trained with Lothar Hillebrand. During her competitive years she was 1.84 meters tall and weighed 88 kilograms.

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Preceded by
Zdeňka Šilhavá
Women's Discus World Record Holder
July 9, 1988 –
Succeeded by
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Diana Gansky
Women's Discus Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Ilke Wyludda