Marlene Ahrens

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Marlene Ahrens
Medal record
Women's Athletics
Representing  Chile
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1956 Melbourne Javelin throw
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 1959 Chicago Javelin throw
Gold medal – first place 1963 São Paulo Javelin throw

Marlene Ahrens Ostertag (born in Concepción, July 27, 1933) is a female Chilean athlete.[1] She won the silver medal in Javelin throw at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne with a distance of 50.38 metres.[2] She is the mother of the journalist Karin Ebensperger.


In Melbourne, she was the Chilean flagbearer,[3] and the only woman on the Olympic team. She participated in the Javelin throw, winning the silver medal with a distance of 50.38 meters. Doing so, she became the first and only Chilean woman who has won an Olympic medal. After the games, she won gold in both 1959 Pan American Games, held in Chicago, and 1963 Pan American Games held in São Paulo. Also, she again was the flag bearer in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, although she didn't win a medal. Ahrens was forced to retire having a dispute with the Chilean newspaper Clarín, and she was banned to compete in the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.[4]

After athletics she began to play tennis and in 1967, won the Chilean national tournament in mixed doubles with Omar Pabst. Soon after that, she injured her knee and dedicated her life to Equestrianism. She competed in the 1995 Pan American Games in Mar del Plata. She retired from horse riding in 2012, at 79 years old.


  1. ^ Sports Reference: Marlene Ahrens
  2. ^ Marlene Ahrens: Siempre que representé a Chile lancé como dos metros más, Radio Cooperativa, May 16, 2005
  3. ^ "Olympic History of Chile". Olympics at Retrieved 2016-08-04. 
  4. ^ "Marlene Ahrens Una ganadora en serie - Revista Caras". Revista Caras. 2013-11-27. Retrieved 2016-08-04.