Silke-Beate Knoll

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Silke-Beate Knoll
Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing  Germany
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1995 Gothenburg 4 x 100 m
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 1994 Helsinki 4 x 100 m
Representing  West Germany
European Championships
Silver medal – second place 1990 Split 4 x 100 m

Silke-Beate Knoll (born 21 February 1967 in Rottweil) is a former German track and field athlete and participant in the Olympic Games who had success in the 1980s and 1990s as a sprinter.

Her first success was the 1986 German junior title over 200 metres. As part of the 4 × 200 metres relay team of the SC Eintracht Hamm, she set a world indoor record in 1988.

Her greatest successes were the bronze medal in the 4 × 100 metres relay race at the 1995 World Championships (together with Melanie Paschke, Silke Lichtenhagen and Gabriele Becker) and the gold medal at the 1994 European Championships in the same event (together with Melanie Paschke, Bettina Zipp and Silke Lichtenhagen). She placed fourth in the individual 200 metre sprint.

Knoll was a member of the German national team at many important international meetings until 1996. She entered the 200 metre sprint at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul but was eliminated in the semi-final. She won the silver medal at the 1990 European Championships in the 4 × 100 m relay. She came fifth in the 200 metre sprint. At the 1992 Olympic Games she came fourth in the 4 × 100 m relay and reached the semi-final in the 200 metre sprint. Her third entry at the Olympic Games in 1996 was ill-fated; the 4 × 100 m relay team did not manage to carry the baton to the finish line.

Knoll may not have been in the limelight as much as some other athletes, but few can match her 22 German championship titles. She competed for the MTV Celle, from 1987 to 1989 for SC Eintracht Hamm, then for LG Olympia Dortmund. While she was still competing, she was 1.63 metres tall and weighed 52 kilograms. She ended her athletics career in 1997.

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  West Germany
1985 European Junior Championships Cottbus, East Germany 1st 4 × 400 m 3:32.67
1987 World Championships Rome, Italy 18th (h) 200 m 23.40
5th 4 × 100 m 43.20
1988 European Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 12th (sf) 60 m 7.44
3rd 200 m 23.12
Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 19th (qf) 200 m 23.15
1989 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 4th 200 m 23.30
1990 European Indoor Championships Glasgow, United Kingdom 5th 200 m 23.57
European Championships Split, Yugoslavia 5th 200 m 22.40 (+0.3 m/s)
2nd 4 × 100 m 43.02
4th 4 × 400 m 3:25.12
Representing  Germany
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 10th (sf) 200 m 23.49
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 9th (sf) 200 m 22.60
5th 4 × 100 m 43.12
1993 World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 15th (sf) 200 m 23.07
5th 4 × 100 m 42.79
1994 European Indoor Championships Paris, France 2nd 200 m 22.96
European Championships Helsinki, Finland 4th 200 m 22.99 (+0.2 m/s)
1st 4 × 100 m 42.90
World Cup London, United Kingdom 2nd 4 × 100 m 43.22
1995 World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 5th 200 m 22.66
3rd 4 × 100 m 43.01
4th 4 × 400 m 2:26.10
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States heats 4 × 100 m DNF

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