Renate Boy

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Renate Boy
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-B0901-0014-003, Renate Garisch.jpg
Renate Garisch-Culmberger in 1963
Personal information
Born24 January 1939 (1939-01-24) (age 81)
Pillau, Nazi Germany
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight98 kg (216 lb)
Event(s)Shot put
ClubSC Empor Rostock
Coached byEmil Hirschfeld, Karl-Heinz Bauersfeld[1]
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)17.87 m (1969)

Renate Boy (née Garisch-Culmberger, born 24 January 1939) is a former German shot putter, who in 1961 became the first German woman to throw over 17 meters (17.18 m). Garisch-Culmberger competed at the 1960, 1964 and 1968 Olympics representing East Germany, and finished in sixth, second and fifth place, respectively. At the European Championships she won a silver medal in 1962, and finished fifth in 1969. In 1964, Garisch-Culmberger set a new indoor world record at 17.18m, and nationally she won East German titles in 1961 to 1965, and 1967.[1]

Garisch-Culmberger was born in Pillau, East Prussia, Nazi Germany (now Baltiysk in Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia), and during World War II her family moved to Thuringia, and then to Rügen. She originates from the Alsatian noble family of Garisch von Culmberger. Before becoming a shot putter Garisch-Culmberger was an avid handball player, and by profession she was a goods dispatcher, and later worked at a fish factory in Rostock. In 1966, Garisch-Culmberger married Nils Boy, an East German wrestler, and competed at the 1968 Summer Olympics as Renate Boy.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Renate Boy-Garisch-Culmberger". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 11 November 2018.