Petra Thümer in 1976
29 January 1961 |
Karl-Marx-Stadt, Sachsen, East Germany now Germany
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||62 kg (137 lb)|
Petra Thümer (born 29 January 1961) is a former swimmer from East Germany. She won gold medals in the 400 m and 800 m freestyle at the 1976 Summer Olympics and the 1977 European Aquatics Championships. During her career she set five world records in the 400 m and 800 m freestyle. In 1987 she was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
Later she admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs as part of the East German training system. For this reason she missed the 1978 World Championships – coaches feared she would not pass the doping test and excluded her from the East German team, officially explaining her absence by injuries.
In 1979 she retired from swimming and worked as a photographer.
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