Silke Renk

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Silke Renk
Personal information
Nationality  East Germany
Born 30 June 1967 (1967-06-30) (age 51)
Querfurt, Bezirk Halle, East Germany
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 71 kg (157 lb)
Country  East Germany
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Javelin throw
Club SC Chemie Halle
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 71.00 (1988)

Silke Renk (born 30 June 1967 in Querfurt, Bezirk Halle) is a retired javelin thrower from Germany.

She represented East Germany at the 1988 Summer Olympics, where she finished fifth, and at the 1990 European Championships where she finished fourth.

She then experienced her career highlight as she won the gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. Renk won with a throw of 68.34 meters, defeating Natalya Shikolenko, who took home the silver medal, and compatriot Karen Forkel.

The next year she finished sixth at the 1993 World Championships. She withdrew from the 1994 European Championships because of knee injury problems, and never reached another international final despite starting at the 1995 World Championships and the 1996 Summer Olympics.

Her personal best was 71.00 meres with the old javelin type, achieved in June 1988 in Rostock. This ranks her third among German javelin throwers, only behind Petra Felke (who held the world record) and Antje Kempe.[1]


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  East Germany
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 5th 66.38 m
Representing  Germany
1990 European Championships Split, Yugoslavia 4th 64.76 m
1993 World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 6th 64.00 m
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, Georgia, United States 13th 59.70 m