Ilona Slupianek

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Ilona Slupianek
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Ilona Slupianek at a 1981 competition
Medal record
Women's Athletics
Competitor for  East Germany
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1980 Moscow Shot put
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1983 Helsinki Shot put
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 1978 Prague Shot put
Gold medal – first place 1982 Athens Shot put
IAAF World Cup
Gold medal – first place 1977 Düsseldorf Shot put
Gold medal – first place 1979 Montréal Shot put
Gold medal – first place 1981 Rome Shot put

Ilona Slupianek, née Schoknecht now Ilona Longo (born September 24, 1956 in Demmin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) is a retired East German athlete, who starred mainly in the shot put. She became Olympic, European and seven times East German (GDR) champion and set world records twice.

Slupianek was disqualified after she tested positive for anabolic steroids at the 1977 European Cup meeting in Helsinki, where she dominated her event with a superlative 21.20.[1]

The International Amateur Athletics Federation A7A suspended Slupianek for 12 months, a penalty that ended two days before the 1978 European championships in Prague. In the reverse of what the IAAF hoped, sending her home to East Germany meant she was free to train unchecked with anabolic steroids, if she wanted to, and then compete for another gold medal. Which indeed she won. She went on to win the European Indoor title in 1979.[2]

She competed for East Germany in Moscow (USSR), where she won the gold medal at the 1980 Summer Olympics. In the next years she obtained gold at the European Indoor Championships in 1981 and the European Championships in 1982, followed by a bronze medal at the 1983 World Championships.[2]

From 1976 to 1986 she was a deputy in the East German legislature, the Volkskammer, for the FDJ.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ ClinicalChemistry:Hormonal doping and androgenization of athletes: a secret program of the German Democratic Republic government
  2. ^ a b Matthews, P. e.o. (1993) The Guinness International Who's Who of Sport Guinness Publishing Ltd ISBN 0-85112-980-3
Preceded by
Czechoslovakia Helena Fibingerová
Women's Shot Put World Record Holder
May 2, 1980 – May 27, 1984
Succeeded by
Soviet Union Natalya Lisovskaya
Preceded by
East Germany Marita Koch
Women's Track & Field Athlete of the Year
Succeeded by
United States Evelyn Ashford