At the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, she won the gold medal in the 4 x 400 meter relay and the bronze medal in the 400 meter run behind Polish Irena Szewińska (gold) and Christina Brehmer-Lathan from the GDR (silver) .
Successes in detail
- 1971 - European Championships in Helsinki : Silver in the 4 x 100 meter relay (43.6 s), together with Karin Balzer , Renate Stecher and Petra Vogt ; Seventh place in the 200-meter run (23.6 s)
- 1972 - Olympic Games in Munich : fourth place in the 200-meter run (22.75 s); eliminated in the 100-meter intermediate run
- 1974 - European Championships in Rome : Gold in the 4 x 400 meter relay (3: 25.2 min, together with Waltraud Dietsch , Brigitte Rohde and Angelika Handt ); Silver in the 400-meter run (50.69 s)
- 1976 - Olympic Games in Montreal : Gold in the 4 x 400 meter relay (3: 19.23 min, world record, together with Doris Maletzki , Brigitte Rohde and Christina Brehmer ); Bronze in the 400 meter run (50.55 s).
On June 15, 1972, she equalized the world record in the 100-meter run of 11.0 s. On September 4, 1974, she set a GDR record over 400 meters in 50.69 s, which she improved on July 12, 1975 to 50.52 s. She won her only GDR open-air championship title in 1974 over 400 meters. In 1980 she was indoor champion over 400 meters. In 1974 and 1976 she was awarded the Patriotic Order of Merit in silver for her sporting success .
Ellen Wendland trained at ASK Vorwärts Potsdam (trainers: Lisa Schöpke , Eckhard Schöpke ). In her active days she was 1.68 m tall and 55 kg. In 1980 she ended her sports career and then worked as a German teacher and as an employee of a cultural and political institution. After the end of the GDR, she worked for the Berlin-Brandenburg Palaces and Gardens Foundation.
- 100 m : 11.0 s, June 15, 1972, Potsdam
- 200 m: 22.73 s, August 20, 1973, Moscow
- 400 m: 50.15 s, July 10, 1976, Berlin
- Halle: 52.40 s, February 2, 1980, Grenoble
- 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 : Lexicon athletes in the GDR. New life, Berlin 2009, ISBN 978-3-355-01759-6 .
- the honor for the Olympic team of the GDR. Awarded high government awards. Patriotic Order of Merit in silver. In: New Germany . ZEFYS newspaper portal of the Berlin State Library , September 10, 1976, p. 4 , accessed on April 10, 2018 (free registration required).
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Strophal, Ellen (maiden name); Wendtland, Ellen|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German athlete and Olympic champion|
|DATE OF BIRTH||July 27, 1952|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Wittstock / Dosse|