Brigitte Berendonk

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Brigitte Berendonk (born May 2, 1942 in Dankmarshausen , Eisenach district ) is a former German discus thrower and shot put as well as two-time Olympic participant. She became known to a broader public through her commitment against doping , especially in the early 1990s in connection with the disclosure of state-decreed doping in competitive sports in the GDR .


Brigitte Berendonk became a GDR four-way champion in 1958 . After her family fled to the Federal Republic in the same year , she became a member of TV Schwetzingen and 1959 pentathlon youth champion of the Federal Republic. After graduating from high school, she began studying English and sport at the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg . In 1967 she became a member of the national athletics team of the Federal Republic of Germany. In 1968 in Mexico City and 1972 in Munich she took part in the Olympic Games, where she reached eighth and eleventh place in the discus throw.

In an article for Die Zeit in December 1969, she was one of the first to draw attention to general doping in competitive sports in the East and West. In March 1977 Berendonk had much-noticed appearances in two discussion panels on the subject of doping in the current sports studio , in which she denounced, among other things, anabolic steroids abuse. On the occasion of her 75th birthday, she was described by the SWR as "the great pioneer of the anti-doping fight". According to her husband Werner Franke , who also dedicated himself to the fight against doping, the two would have been considered "traitors, dirtiers" in top-class sport because of their commitment.

Once she was German champion in discus throw (1971) and six times vice champion (1967-1970, 1972, 1973). In the shot put she was second at the German outdoor championships in 1971, third in 1972 and first in 1973 , and three times third in the hall (1966, 1969, 1972).

Berendonk published her book Doping in 1991 . From Research to fraud, in which they u. a. the government-mandated doping in GDR competitive sport first comprehensive public showed. The book is based on research in Stasi files and GDR archives that she carried out together with her husband Werner Franke. GDR dissertations on supporting funds and their consequences from the Military Medical Academy Bad Saarow (MMA) served as additional sources . After the inspection of these documents was initially refused, they could still be borrowed thanks to a permit from the Federal Ministry of Defense. She also deals with doping in the Federal Republic of Germany in the book. In 1995 she largely withdrew from the fight against doping (at least in public). In 1997 she was sentenced by a French court to a fine and a symbolic compensation payment to the rowing coach Eberhard Mund , whom she had publicly linked to a doping case in France.

On December 19, 2001, Berendonk was awarded the Heidi-Krieger-Medal , a prize of the Doping Victims Aid , for her work . In 2004 she and her husband were presented with the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany .

Personal best

  • Discus throw: 59.90 m, August 24, 1971, Essen
  • Shot put: 16.70 m, July 10, 1971, Stuttgart


  • Doping documents. From research to fraud. Springer, Berlin [a. a.] 1991, ISBN 3-540-53742-2 ; updated and expanded new edition: doping. From research to fraud. rororo, Reinbek 1992, ISBN 3-499-18677-2

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Anti-doping pioneer Berendonk turns 75 - “Are we breeding monsters?” In: May 2, 2017. Retrieved March 19, 2019 .
  2. 1969 doping report - do we breed monsters? In: August 8, 2013, accessed on March 19, 2019 (original text of the edition on December 5, 1969).
  3. Cycling4Fans - Doping: 1977 the current sports studio 5.3. and March 26, 1977. Retrieved March 17, 2019 .
  4. Anti-doping fighter Berendonk turns 75. In: May 2, 2017. Retrieved March 17, 2019 .
  5. Lothar Gorris, Maik Großekathöfer, Udo Ludwig : "Only the very stupid" . In: Der Spiegel . tape 33 , August 14, 2006 ( [accessed March 18, 2019]).
  6. ^ Doping investigator Werner Franke: "People, help yourself" . ISSN  0174-4909 ( [accessed March 19, 2019]).
  7. ^ Editing of new Germany: Second defeat for Berendonk (new Germany). Retrieved February 9, 2020 .
  8. the daily newspaper : anti-doping price . December 19, 2001
  9. Doping Victims Aid: Heidi-Krieger-Preis for committed work against doping: 2001 ( Memento of the original from March 11, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  10. Netzeitung : Doping reconnaissance couple Franke-Berendonk received the Federal Cross of Merit ( Memento from December 25, 2004 in the Internet Archive ). dated May 7, 2004