Grit Breuer

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Grit Breuer athletics

Federal Archives Image 183-1989-0722-020, Grit Breuer, Katrin Schreiter, Petra Krug.jpg
Grit Breuer (front), Katrin Schreiter (following behind)
and Petra Krug (back), GDR championships 1989

nation Germany Democratic Republic 1949GDR DDR , GermanyGermanyGermany 
birthday 16th February 1972 (age 48)
place of birth Röbel / Müritz
size 166 cm
Weight 63 kg
discipline 400 meter run
Best performance 49.42 s
society SC Neubrandenburg
LT 85 Hanover
OSC Berlin
SC Magdeburg
Trainer Thomas Springstein
status resigned
Medal table
Olympic games 0 × gold 0 × silver 2 × bronze
World championships 1 × gold 2 × silver 3 × bronze
Indoor world championships 2 × gold 0 × silver 3 × bronze
European championships 5 × gold 1 × silver 0 × bronze
European Indoor Championships 2 × gold 0 × silver 0 × bronze
U20 world championships 3 × gold 0 × silver 0 × bronze
Olympic rings Olympic games
bronze Seoul 1988 4 × 400 m
bronze Atlanta 1996 4 × 400 m
IAAF logo World championships
silver Tokyo 1991 400 m
bronze Tokyo 1991 4 × 100 m
bronze Tokyo 1991 4 × 400 m
gold Athens 1997 4 × 400 m
bronze Seville 1999 4 × 400 m
silver Edmonton 2001 4 × 400 m
IAAF logo Indoor world championships
gold Seville 1991 4 × 400 m
bronze Seville 1991 200 m
bronze Paris 1997 4 × 400 m
gold Maebashi 1999 400 m
bronze Birmingham 2003 400 m
EAA logo European championships
gold Split 1990 400 m
gold Split 1990 4 × 400 m
gold Budapest 1998 400 m
gold Budapest 1998 4 × 400 m
gold Munich 2002 4 × 400 m
silver Munich 2002 400 m
EAA logo European Indoor Championships
gold Stockholm 1996 400 m
gold Valencia 1998 400 m
IAAF logo Junior World Championships
gold Sudbury 1988 400 m
gold Sudbury 1988 4 × 100 m
gold Sudbury 1988 4 × 400 m

Grit Breuer (after marriage to Breuer-Springstein ; born February 16, 1972 in Röbel / Müritz ) is a former German athlete .

Sports career

Her parade route was the 400 meters , on which she became European and Vice World Champion. She was also able to achieve numerous successes with the 4 x 400 meter relay .

It started for the GDR until 1990 . At the age of 16 she took part in the 1988 Olympic Games and was used in the run-up to the 4 x 400 meter relay, which won the bronze medal in the final.

During the GDR period she belonged to SC Neubrandenburg , later to LT 85 Hanover , OSC Berlin and finally SC Magdeburg , where she was trained by Thomas Springstein , who later also became her life partner.

On December 28, 2005, Grit Breuer announced the end of her career as a competitive athlete. She has recently had health problems again and again, the athlete justified her decision.

Successes in detail

With the 49.42 s at the 1991 World Championships in Tokyo, Breuer set a junior world record that still exists today (as of February 2016). Breuer was also co-owner of the respective junior world records with the GDR relay over 4 times 100 and 4 times 400 meters.

Doping controversy

In January 1992 she and Silke Möller and Katrin Krabbe came under suspicion of doping and was suspended by the DLV because the three of them gave identical urine samples at the training camp in South Africa. The arbitration tribunal of the International Athletics Federation (IAAF) acquitted her for formal reasons.

On July 23, 1992, the substance clenbuterol was detected in a urine sample from Grit Breuer as part of a doping control . It was contained in an asthma medicine that she was taking. Since the drug was not on the doping list at that time, the DLV banned Breuer for one year for drug abuse. The IAAF extended this ban for two more years, which was justified with unsportsmanlike behavior. Grit Breuer then initiated proceedings together with Katrin Krabbe , who had the same findings during the same check-up. However, she herself later left the legal action, while Katrin Krabbe from the International Athletics Federation finally fought for 1.2 million DM for inadmissible restrictions on professional freedom.

On November 20, 2006, based on information from the proceedings against the athletics trainer Thomas Springstein , a preliminary investigation was initiated against Grit Breuer, among others, on suspicion of a violation of the anti-doping regulations. However, all of the investigations resulting from the documents in the Springstein case were discontinued without any result. In the case of Grit Breuer, due to her resignation from the association, the decision was made to suspend her position, although the proceedings would have to be continued in the event of another sport.


During her active time, Breuer weighed 63 kg and was 1.66 m tall.

Grit Breuer is a trained office communication clerk. At the end of her sporting career, she announced that she intends to “ get a taste of the hotel business, in the marketing sector ” from 2006 onwards . Grit Breuer currently works as a fitness trainer and golf coordinator at the Hotel Neptun in Warnemünde . The hotel website identifies her as the 'Grit Breuer-Springstein' golf supervisor.


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Drugs in world athletics July 31, 2000
  2. Chronology in the Krabbe case June 27, 2001
  3. Grit Breuer: I have achieved everything In: Stern from December 28, 2005
  4. ^ Homepage of the Neptun-Hotel, Warnemünde