Gesine Walther

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Dagmar Rübsam , Gesine Walther, Marita Koch and Sabine Busch 1984

Gesine Walther (born October 6, 1962 in Weißenfels , married Gesine Tettenborn ) is a German athlete who was a successful sprinter in the 1980s - starting for the GDR . Walter is a victim of state-prescribed doping in GDR competitive sports .


Gesine Walther reached her sporting climax at the European Championships in 1982 when she won the title in the 4 x 100 meter run with the GDR relay (42.19 s; together with Bärbel Wöckel , Sabine Rieger and Marlies Göhr ).

At the same European Championships she was fifth in the 100-meter run (11.38 s) and fourth in the 200-meter run (22.60 s).

On June 3, 1984, she ran a relay world record over 4 x 400 meters in Erfurt together with Sabine Busch , Dagmar Rübsam and Marita Koch - in a time of 3: 15.92 minutes. Shortly afterwards, at the age of 22, she ended her competitive sports career. By his own admission, they did this to her brother, who sat as a result of a failed escape attempt in the GDR in custody the prisoner ransom to allow.

At the age of 17 she was first knowingly administered doping substances in preparation for the 1980 Olympic Games . As a result of the GDR state doping, she now suffers from physical and psychological limitations. The proceedings against her former trainer Eberhard König were discontinued on payment of a fine. In January 2010 she had herself deleted from the record list at her own request because her achievements were achieved with the help of doping .

Gesine Walther started for the SC Turbine Erfurt . In her active days she was 1.76 m tall and weighed 65 kg.



  • Klaus Amrhein: Biographical manual on the history of German athletics 1898–2005 . 2 volumes. Darmstadt 2005 published on German Athletics Promotion and Project Society.

Web links

Commons : Gesine Walther  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d Cf. Der Spiegel , issue 4/2010: "I don't want to lie" - The former GDR sprinter Gesine Tettenborn on the burden of her doping past - and why she was struck off the association's record lists , P. 116f.
  2. Former GDR sprinter cancels records at Spiegel Online