Hildegard Falck

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Hildegard Falck , née Hildegard Janze (born June 8, 1949 in Nettelrede , today Bad Münder am Deister ), is a former German middle-distance runner and Olympic champion in the 800-meter run . From 1971 to 1973 she was the world record holder on this route.


Hildegard Falck won the European Indoor Championships in Sofia in 2: 06.1 minutes with 4 tenths of a second ahead of Romanian Ileana Silai . In the same year she was the first woman to run the 800 meters under two minutes at the German Athletics Championships in the Neckar Stadium in Stuttgart . In 1: 58.3 min or electronic 1: 58.45 min, she improved the world record of Yugoslav Vera Nikolić by 2.5 seconds.

At the European Open Air Championships in Helsinki the following summer, she was the favorite over 800 meters, but fell in the final. In the 4 x 400 meter relay , she won silver behind the relay from the GDR with the German team made up of Anette Rückes , Christel Frese , Falck and Inge Bödding . On July 31, she was involved in a world record in the 4 x 800 meter relay in Lübeck (8: 16.8 min: Ellen Tittel , Sylvia Schenk , Christa Merten , Falck).

Her greatest success was the Olympic victory at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich in the 800-meter run, when she defeated Nijolė Sabaitė, who was strongly advancing on the home straight, by 0.1 seconds in 1: 58.6 minutes. She also won bronze with the German team in the 4 x 400 meter relay. She received the silver laurel leaf from the Federal President for the two medals .

Falck won the German Indoor Championships in 1970 and 1971; In 1970 , 1971 and 1973 she won the outdoor championships. In 1972, the year she won the Olympic Games, she lost to Sylvia Schenk at the German Championships.

Hildegard Falck is 1.73 m tall and weighed 58 kg during her active time. She first competed for Hannover 96 and later for VfL Wolfsburg . She is married for the second time and goes by the name of Kimmich.

For her services to sport in Lower Saxony , she was included in the Lower Saxony Sports Honor Gallery of the Lower Saxony Institute for Sports History.

Personal bests

  • 400 m : 53.1 s, August 21, 1974, Berlin (hand-stopped)
  • 800 m: 1: 58.45 min, July 11, 1971, Stuttgart (hand-stopped 1: 58.3 min)
  • 1500 m : 4: 14.6 min, September 3, 1971, Munich


  • Klaus Amrhein: Biographical manual on the history of German athletics 1898–2005. 2 volumes. Darmstadt 2005 (published by Deutsche Leichtathletik Promotion- und Projektgesellschaft )

Web links

Individual proof

  1. a b Athletics information. Issue 1/2013 (PDF), p. 2/24. Friends of Athletics Association at DLV , 2013, accessed on September 4, 2019 .