Christa Stubnick

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Christa Stubnick becomes East German champion in the long jump in 1956

Christa Stubnick (née Seliger, married Fischer ; born December 12, 1933 in Gardelegen , Altmark ) is a former German sprinter who won two Olympic silver medals in 1956.


The daughter of a worker athlete and nurse learned the trade of a stenographer. In 1951, the athletics trainer Max Schommler recognized her talent and brought her from Lok Stendal to Potsdam to join Dynamo. In the sports club of the German People's Police , Christa then had all the prerequisites to develop into a world-class sprinter. At Easter 1954 she married the GDR heavyweight boxing champion Erich Stubnick and lived in Dresden until 1966. After her divorce, she went to Magdeburg in 1967 , where Christa Fischer was now head of a registration office for the People's Police District Office (VPKA), most recently with the rank of major .

Sports career

At the Olympic Games in Melbourne in 1956 , she started in a joint German team for the GDR . In the 100-meter run she won the silver medal in 11.7 seconds - between the two Australians Betty Cuthbert (gold) and Marlene Mathews (bronze). In the 200-meter run , she was also second in 23.7 seconds. With the 4 x 100 meter relay she came in sixth place (47.2 s).

At the European Athletics Championships in 1958 she was third over 100 meters (11.8 s) and fifth over 200 meters (25.7 s). From 1953 she ran numerous records, including season world records. Her first spectacular record was the equalization of the 19-year-old 200-meter European record of Pole Stanislawa Walasiewicz on August 7, 1954 in Budapest .

On May 30, 1955, it improved the German record over 100 meters in Erfurt to 11.6 s and on June 30, 1956 in Berlin again to the European record time of 11.5 s (same time on September 30, 1956 in Dresden). Over 200 meters it improved the German record on August 8, 1953 to 23.9 s and on September 9, 1956 to the European record time of 23.5 s. In 1956 she ran three world records in the team of the 4-by-100-meter relay, most recently in the 44.9 s Olympic heat run on December 1, 1956 in Melbourne (together with Maria Sander , Gisela Köhler and Bärbel Mayer ).

Christa Stubnick is 1.60 m tall and weighed 52 kg during her active time. In 1953 she was voted German Sportswoman of the Year under her maiden name Christa Seliger . In 1971 she ended her sports career.


  • Klaus Amrhein: Biographical manual on the history of German athletics 1898–2005. 2 volumes. Darmstadt 2005 (published by Deutsche Leichtathletik Promotion- und Projektgesellschaft )
  • Volker Kluge : The great lexicon of GDR athletes. The 1000 most successful and popular athletes from the GDR, their successes, medals and biographies. 2nd updated edition. Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf, Berlin 2004, ISBN 3-89602-538-4 , p. 559.

Individual evidence

  1. ^ New Germany of December 4, 1956

Web links

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