Heide Ecker-Rosendahl

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Heide Ecker-Rosendahl athletics

Heide Rosendahl 1972 Umm al-Quwain stamp.jpg

Full name Heidemarie Ecker-Rosendahl
nation Germany BRBR Germany BR Germany
birthday February 14, 1947
place of birth Hückeswagen
size 174 cm
Weight 64 kg
discipline Sprint , long jump , pentathlon
Best performance 11.35 s ( 100 m )
6.84 m ( long jump )
4791 points ( pentathlon )
society TuS 04 Leverkusen
status resigned
Medal table
Olympic games 2 × gold 1 × silver 0 × bronze
European championships 1 × gold 1 × silver 1 × bronze
European Indoor Championships 1 × gold 2 × silver 1 × bronze
Universiade 1 × gold 0 × silver 0 × bronze
Olympic rings Olympic games
gold Munich 1972 Long jump
gold Munich 1972 4 × 100 m
silver Munich 1972 Pentathlon
EAA logo European championships
silver Budapest 1966 Pentathlon
gold Helsinki 1971 Pentathlon
bronze Helsinki 1971 Long jump
EAA logo European Indoor Championships
bronze Dortmund 1966 Long jump
silver Prague 1967 Long jump
silver Vienna 1970 Long jump
gold Sofia 1971 Long jump
Logo of the FISU Universiade
gold Turin 1970 Long jump

Heide Ecker-Rosendahl (actually Heidemarie Ecker-Rosendahl, née Rosendahl; born February 14, 1947 in Hückeswagen ) is a former German athlete who competed for the FRG. The former world record holder in long jump and pentathlon won two gold medals and one silver medal at the 1972 Olympic Games. Rosendahl, who grew up in Radevormwald , was also elected Sportswoman of the Year in 1970 and 1972 . Her athletic specialty disciplines were long jump , sprint and pentathlon . With a height of 1.74 m, she had a competition weight of 64 kg.

Athletic career

Heide Rosendahl grew up in Radevormwald as the daughter of the discus thrower Heinz Rosendahl . In 1963 she made a name for herself for the first time: the 16-year-old jumped an amazing six meters and won the German Youth Championships in long jump and pentathlon. In 1965, the 18-year-old began studying sports science for teaching in Cologne . She became a member of Gerd Osenberg's training group at TuS 04 Leverkusen . It was the beginning of the women's athletics group, which later became legendary, from which well-known athletes such as Liesel Westermann , Ellen Wellmann-Wessinghage , Ulrike Meyfarth and Heike Henkel came from.

The collaboration already bore fruit in the following year: the versatile Rosendahl won the silver medal in the pentathlon at the European Championships in Budapest and became known to a wider public for the first time. The 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City , however, were a disappointment for the 21-year-old. In the long jump, "Miss Athletics", as she was called by a well-known tabloid, only reached eighth place. A muscle injury also prevented the start in the pentathlon, in which she would have competed as the world's best and top favorite - u. a. she had clearly defeated Ingrid Becker , who then became Olympic champion, in the season shortly before .

In 1969 Rosendahl achieved a new world record in pentathlon with 5155 points. Her international breakthrough and ascent into the absolute world class came a year later. As part of the Universiade , the world championship for students, the German won the long jump in 1970 with a world record distance of 6.84 m. She also won this discipline this year at the European Cup in Edinburgh with 6.84 m in front of the British Ann Wilson (6.57 m). In 1971 Rosendahl became European champion in the pentathlon and third in the long jump.

The climax of her extraordinary career, which made Rosendahl the most popular athlete in West Germany , she experienced at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich : Heide Rosendahl won the long jump with 6.78 m and after six days won the first gold medal for the athletics team of the Federal Republic of Germany . She relegated Bulgarian Diana Jorgowa by just under an inch to second place. Two days later she also won the silver medal in the pentathlon when she lost ten points to the British Mary Peters . A further eight days later, Heide Rosendahl finally became the “face of the games” in Munich: As the final runner in the 4 x 100 meter relay , she managed to defend the West German quartet's minimal lead against the favored relay from the GDR . This had set a new European record in advance. Opponent as Rosendahl's final runner on the East German side was none other than the world record holder and newly crowned Olympic champion over 100 meters, Renate Stecher . Together with Christiane Krause , Ingrid Mickler and Annegret Richter , Heide Rosendahl also set a new world record with 42.81 seconds.


Heide Ecker-Rosendahl (1975)

Heide Rosendahl ended her career in 1973. Since 1974 she has been married to John Ecker , a former basketball player from TuS 04 Leverkusen . Their son David Ecker was born in Los Angeles in 1975 ; her son Danny Ecker , born in 1977, was one of the best German pole vaulters when he was active .

In 1970 and 1972 she was named Sportswoman of the Year . Also in 1972 she received the Golden Bravo Otto from the youth magazine BRAVO. From 1976 to 1990 she was a trainer in the athletics department of TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen . The double Olympic champion also lit the Universiade flame in Duisburg in 1989 . From 1993 to 2001 she was a member of the Presidium of the German Athletics Association , four years of which as Vice President (1997 to 2001), and its athletes representative. Since 2002 she has been the deputy chairwoman of the athletics department of TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

Heide Ecker-Rosendahl is also deputy chairwoman of the North Rhine-Westphalian Foundation for the Promotion of Young Talent in Competitive Sports (in short: Sportstiftung NRW ) in Cologne.

Heide Ecker-Rosendahl is a qualified sports teacher (sports studies in Cologne , diploma 1969). She now lives in Leverkusen , was the managing director of a nutritional science company until 2011 and ran several sports studios.

In 2008 she was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit, First Class. She is also the bearer of the silver bay leaf .

In 2011 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of German Sports .

Top performances

  • Long jump: 6.84 m
  • 100 m: 11.35 s
  • 200 m: 22.96 s
  • 100 m H: 13.15 s
  • Pentathlon: 4791 points (*)


German championships

  • 100 m
  • 60 m hall:
  • 100 m hurdles
    • 1967: Vice champion behind Inge Schell
    • 1969: Champion before Margit Bach
    • 1970: Vice champion behind Margit Bach
    • 1971: Vice champion behind Margit Bach
  • 60 m hurdles hall
    • 1967: Vice champion behind Inge Schell
    • 1969: Vice champion behind Inge Schell
    • 1971: Master before Margit Bach
  • Long jump
    • 1966: Third behind Helga Hoffmann and Dorothee Sander
    • 1967: Vice champion behind Ingrid Becker
    • 1968: Champion (6.62 m) ahead of Manon Bornholdt
    • 1969: Champion (6.48 m) ahead of Ingrid Becker
    • 1970: Champion (6.72 m) ahead of Ingrid Mickler
    • 1971: Champion (6.69 m) ahead of Ingrid Mickler
    • 1972: Champion (6.72 m) ahead of Heidi Schüller
    • 1973: Vice champion behind Edda Trocha
  • Long jump hall
    • 1966 master craftsman before Dorothee Sander
    • 1967 master craftsman before Ursula Künzel
    • 1968 master craftsman before Ursula Künzel
    • 1969 champion before Heidi Schüller
    • 1970 master craftsman before Brigitte Krämer
    • 1971 champion before Heidi Schüller
    • 1972 champion before Brigitte Roesen (-Krämer)
  • Pentathlon
    • 1965: Vice champion behind Renate Balck
    • 1966: Champion before Erika Müller
    • 1967: Vice champion behind Ingrid Becker
    • 1968: Champion before Ingrid Becker
    • 1970: Champion before Ingrid Mickler
    • 1971: Master before Karen Mack
    • 1972: Master before Karen Mack
  • 4 × 100 m
    • 1969, 1970, 1971 and 1972: Champion with the TuS 04 Leverkusen (Heide Rosendahl always as the final runner)
  • 4 × 1 round hall
    • 1969, 1970, 1971 and 1972: Champion with the TuS 04 Leverkusen (Heide Rosendahl always as the final runner)

There are also a total of seven youth championships in long jump, pentathlon (1963, 1964 and 1965) and over 80 meter hurdles (1965).

European championships

European Indoor Championships

(each long jump)

European Cup

  • Semifinals 1970 in Berlin
    • Long jump: Winner with 6.27 m
    • 100 m hurdles: Winner in 13.8 s
  • 1970 final in Budapest

Summer Universiade

Olympic games

  • 1968 in Mexico City :
    • Long jump: eighth with 6.40 m (for a medal she would have had to jump 6.67 m; Viorica Viscopoleanu won with 6.82 m)
    • Pentathlon: injured not started
  • 1972 in Munich :
    • Long jump: Gold with 6.78 m ahead of Diana Jorgowa (silver with 6.77 m) and Eva Šuranová (bronze with 6.67 m). Heide Rosendahl's superiority was greater than an inch suggests. She had a total of four jumps over 6.70 m, while the Bulgarian only had one.
    • 4 × 100 m: gold in 42.81 s (world record) ahead of the GDR (silver in 42.95 s) and Cuba (bronze in 43.36 s). The West German team was made up of Christiane Krause, Ingrid Mickler, Annegret Richter and Heide Rosendahl as the final runner, who had to compete against Renate Stecher , the final runner of the GDR quartet.
    • Pentathlon: Silver with 4791 points behind Mary Peters (gold with 4801 points) and in front of Burglinde Pollak (bronze with 4768 points). The following table shows Heide Rosendahl's achievements and placements in comparison to the results of the winner Mary Peters:
discipline 100 m hurdles Bullet High Far 200 m
Rosendahl 13.34 (3.) 13.86 (9.) 1.65 (14.) 6.83 (1.) 22.96 (1.)
Peters 13.29 (2.) 16.20 (1.) 1.82 (1.) 5.98 (17.) 24.08 (6.)

Both athletes had a dropout - Heide Rosendahl in the high jump, Mary Peters in the long jump. In the end, it was Rosendahl's inferiority in the shot put that made the difference.

*) Your world record of 5155 points set in 1969 can no longer be compared with later results due to subsequent rule changes.


  • Gerd Osenberg, Heide Rosendahl: Heide Rosendahl. Jump + sprint. Munich 1973.

Web links

Commons : Heide Ecker-Rosendahl  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Heide Ecker-Rosendahl is 65: "Miss Leichtathletik" is still active ( memento from August 29, 2012 in the Internet Archive ), interview with Heide Ecker-Rosendahl on the occasion of her 65th birthday on the WDR website , February 14, 2012
  2. Prime Minister Rüttgers: Order holders have developed strength, helped people and opened up opportunities