Katrin Dörre-Heinig

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Katrin Dörre-Heinig athletics
nation Germany Democratic Republic 1949GDR DDR GermanyGermanyGermany 
birthday 6th October 1961 (age 58)
place of birth Leipzig , GDR
size 170 cm
Weight 57 kg
discipline Long distance running
Best performance Half marathon: 1:09:15 h.
Marathon: 2:24:35 h
society SC DHfK Leipzig
LG Odenwald
LAC source
LAC Veltins Hochsauerland
Trainer Wolfgang Heinig
status resigned
Medal table
Olympic games 0 × gold 0 × silver 1 × bronze
World championships 0 × gold 0 × silver 1 × bronze
Olympic rings Olympic games
bronze Seoul 1988 marathon
IAAF logo World championships
bronze Tokyo 1991 marathon

Katrin Dörre-Heinig (born Juana Katrin Dörre ; born October 6, 1961 in Leipzig ) is a former German long-distance runner who celebrated great successes in the 1980s and 1990s, especially in the marathon .


Initially, Katrin Dörre distinguished herself as a track runner. In 1980 she was GDR champion over 3000 meters . Even before the official GDR best times were registered, she started the marathon distance. In 1982 she achieved a time of 2:45:54 h in Karl-Marx-Stadt . Her first significant success came two years later in the Osaka Women's Marathon , which she won in 2:31:41 hours. In the same year, on July 21st in East Berlin , she set an all-German best time of 2:26:52 h and won another major marathon in Japan, the Tokyo International Women's Marathon , in which she also won 1985 and 1987 (with her second all-German best time of 2:25:24 h) won. In 1986 she won the third major women's marathon in Japan, the Nagoya Marathon . In the same year she was honored with the Patriotic Order of Merit in silver.

Katrin Dörre had her first international championship appearance for the GDR at the 1985 IAAF World Cup marathon in Hiroshima, which she won in 2:33:30 h. In the same year she won the European Cup marathon in Rome in 2:30:11 h. At the marathon of the European Championships in 1986 she had to give up because her health was poor after the removal of an ulcerated tooth. After a second place at the World Cup marathon 1987 in Hiroshima, she won the European Cup marathon again the following year in Huy . On July 7th, 1988, in her hometown of Leipzig, she set an all-German hourly record of 17,709 meters , which has been in place for 21 years. She won bronze at the Olympics in Seoul . She is the only German so far to have won an Olympic medal in this discipline. For this success she was awarded the Patriotic Order of Merit in bronze.

She then gave birth to a child and had actually already finished competitive sports, but decided to continue because of the new opportunities that had arisen from the fall of the Berlin Wall .

The first big success after returning to the sport was a third place in the New York City Marathon in 1990. As in the 1980s, Japan proved to be a good place for the Leipzig woman. In 1991 she won the Osaka Women's Marathon again (two more victories followed in 1996 and 1997), and the 1991 World Championships marathon in Tokyo earned her the second bronze medal at a major international event. At the Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992 and in Atlanta in 1996, she also achieved excellent results in fifth and fourth respectively, and at the 1993 World Championships in Stuttgart she was sixth in the lead.

In 1994 she won the Berlin Marathon in 2:25:15 h (also her third German record over this distance), and she achieved hat tricks at the London Marathon , which she won from 1992 to 1994, and the Frankfurt Marathon , in which she won from 1995 to 1997.

In 1998 she won the Hamburg Marathon . With her victory in the same place a year later, she became German marathon champion and set a course record as well as a German record with 2:24:35 h. The latter was only undercut by Irina Mikitenko almost nine years later . In the fall, she came third in the New York City Marathon for the second time.

In 2000 she came second in the Hamburg Marathon, but an operation for a heel spur forced her to sit out shortly afterwards. Further injuries and operations as well as an infection with the Pfeiffer glandular fever prevented a permanent return to competitive sport.

In a total of 35 marathons, she stayed under 2:34 hours, a number that has not yet been achieved by any other runner (as of December 2008).

She won three times at the Grand Prix of Bern (1991, 1992 and 1997) and twice at the Paderborn Easter run on the 10 km route (1992 and 1996). Further successes in road races include victories at the night of Borgholzhausen in 1990, the Kassel City Run and the Würzburg Residence Run in 1991 and a sixth place at the 1997 World Half Marathon Championships in Košice.

Katrin Dörre started for the SC DHfK Leipzig in 1975 . After the end of the GDR, she moved to the West and went for the LG Odenwald, the LAC source and the LAC Veltins Hochsauerland at the start. At a height of 1.70 m, she had a competition weight of 57 kg.

In December 1992 she married her trainer Wolfgang Heinig and adopted the double name. She has lived with her husband in Erbach (Odenwald) since the early 1990s . Her daughter Katharina Heinig (married Steinruck ), who was born in 1989 and is also trained by Wolfgang Heinig, was German junior champion in the half marathon in 2009 and 2010 and won the Cologne Marathon 2010 on her debut over the 42.195 km distance.

As part of the 25th anniversary of the Frankfurt Marathon, Dörre-Heinig presented her first book Passion Marathon in October 2006 . This tells about her life as a runner and was created in collaboration with the author Christoph Külzer-Schröder.

Sporting successes

Personal bests

More German records



Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Neues Deutschland , October 15, 1986, p. 7
  2. Neues Deutschland, 12./13. November 1988, p. 4
  3. arrs.run: Fastest n-th - Fastest Marathons
  4. Leichtathletik.de: Family ties - The Heinigs . April 17, 2009
  5. Leichtathletik.de: “It depends on the goal” . December 3, 2006