Roswitha Krause

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Roswitha Krause
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Personal information
Born (1949-11-03) 3 November 1949 (age 67)
Dahme, Germany
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 74 kg (163 lb)
Sport Swimming
Club SC Dynamo Berlin; Berliner TSC

Roswitha Krause (born 3 November 1949) is a retired German freestyle swimmer and team handball player. She is the first woman to win Summer Olympic medals in two different sports. Krause won a silver medal at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico in the 4×100 m freestyle relay. She then focused on handball and won a silver and a bronze medal with East German teams at the 1976 and 1980 Olympics, respectively,[1] as well as two world titles in 1975 and 1978 and three European Cups. Meanwhile, she continued winning national titles in swimming through late 1970s.[2]

She took swimming because her doctor advised it to improve her shoulder condition; however, she noted in 1970 that her heart was always for ball sports, handball or football.[3] In 1970 she started training in handball and for about a year did both swimming and handball every week. After that she focused on handball and by 1973 was part of the national team. She retired after the 1980 Olympics to coach handball and swimming at the Humboldt University.[4]


  1. ^ Roswitha Krause.
  2. ^ Schwimmen – DDR – Meisterschaften (Damen – Teil 1), Schwimmen – DDR – Meisterschaften (Damen – Teil 3), Schwimmen – DDR – Meisterschaften (Damen – Teil 11).
  3. ^ Roswitha Krause., 27 April 2010
  4. ^ Werner, Henriette (5 July 2008) Auf ein Wort zum Sport at the Wayback Machine (archived September 25, 2008) (interview in German).