Gisela Birkemeyer

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Gisela Birkemeyer
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Gisela Birkemeyer in 1960
Personal information
Birth name Gisela Köhler
Nationality German
Born (1931-12-22) 22 December 1931 (age 86)
Ore Mountains (Germany)
Height 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
Weight 60 kg (132 lb)
Sport Sprint running, hurdles
Club SC Dynamo Berlin

Gisela Birkemeyer (née Köhler on 22 December 1931) is a retired German sprint runner who won two medals in the 80 m hurdles at the 1956 and 1960 Olympics. During her career she set nine world records in the 80 m hurdles and in the 4×100 m, 4×110 yd and 4×200 m relays. She won 40 East German championships, mostly in the 80 m hurdles (1953–1961) and 200 m sprint (1956–1960).[1] At the European Championships in Stockholm in 1958, she was third in the 80 m hurdles. In 1959, she was voted GDR Sportswoman of the Year.[2]

Earlier in 1957 she married Heinz Birkemeyer and since 1960 competed under his name. After retiring from competitions she worked as a coach.[2] She now lives as a pensioner in Berlin Marzahn.[3]


  1. ^ Leichtathletik – Deutsche Meisterschaften – Halle (Staffeln – Herren – Teil 1). Retrieved on 25 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Gisela Köhler-Birkemeyer". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 25 May 2015. 
  3. ^ Birkemeyer. Retrieved on 25 May 2015.
Preceded by
East Germany Karin Beyer
East German Sportswoman of the Year
Succeeded by
East Germany Ingrid Krämer