Katrin Meißner (swimmer)

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Katrin Meißner at the GDR Winter Championships in Potsdam (1988)

Personal information
Surname: Katrin Meissner
Nation: Germany Democratic Republic 1949GDR GDR (until 1990) Germany
Swimming style (s) : Freestyle
Society: Water lovers Spandau 04
Birthday: 17th January 1973
Place of birth: Berlin
Size: 1.87 m
Medal table

Katrin Meißner (born January 17, 1973 in Berlin ) is a former swimmer of the GDR and from Germany after 1990 .


Before 1990

She had her first international appearance in 1987 when she won the gold medal and the 50 m freestyle bronze medal at the European Swimming Championships with the GDR's 4 × 100 m freestyle relay . At the Olympic Games in Seoul a year later , she was Olympic champion with the 4 × 100 meter freestyle and the 4 × 100 meter medley relay. In the 50 meters freestyle it was enough to win a bronze medal. For these successes she was awarded the Patriotic Order of Merit in gold. At the Olympic Summer Games in 1988 she was also the youngest participant in the GDR at the age of 15.

In 1989 she won her first and only individual title in Bonn , when she became European champion in the 100 meter freestyle. Later on, she was mainly in demand as a reliable relay swimmer and won numerous medals at world and European championships .

After reunification

Even after German reunification , Meißner was able to build on her successful career again, even if there was no further single title. She celebrated her greatest successes with the German freestyle and individual situations relay. Only in Sheffield , at the 1998 European Short Course Championships over 50 meters freestyle and in Fukuoka , at the 2001 World Swimming Championships over 100 meters freestyle, she won her only individual medals after 1990 with two silver medals.

In 2000 Meissner took part again in the Summer Olympics in Sydney . There she was eleventh in the 50 meter freestyle and with the German 4 × 100 meter freestyle and 4 × 100 meter relay relay, fourth and just barely missed her fourth Olympic medal. With the freestyle relay in particular, it was only a hundredth of a second behind the third-placed Swedish relay.

Jessika Reim, Katrin Meißner (second from left), Manuela Stellmach and Kerstin Kielgaß on June 16, 1987 at the 33rd GDR swimming championships in Erfurt

GDR doping trial

Katrin Meißner appeared in the GDR doping trial before the Berlin district court against her former coaches Volker Frischke and Dieter Lindemann . The indictment states that Lindemann administered anabolic steroids to Katrin Meißner in the 1980s .


Meißner set numerous world and European records with both the German and the GDR relay. She was able to swim her only long track world record together with Petra Dallmann , Sandra Völker and Franziska van Almsick in the 4 × 100 meter freestyle at the European Swimming Championships in Berlin in 2002. Furthermore, she achieved European short course records over 4 × 50 meters , 4 × 100 meters freestyle and 4 × 50 meters medley.


She ended her career in 2004 after failing to qualify for the Olympic Games in Athens at the German Championships . Since then, Katrin Meißner has been swimming annually as a “complementary swimmer” for the women's DMS team of Wasserfreunde Spandau 04 . She has also been Vice President of Wasserfreunde Spandau 04 since 2005.

Web links

Commons : Katrin Meißner  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Neues Deutschland , 12./13. November, p. 4
  2. a b Karin Bühler: Life goes on. In: Berliner Zeitung . May 23, 2005, accessed June 22, 2015 .
  3. The master makers. In: Berliner Zeitung . March 19, 1998, accessed May 7, 2009 .