Monika Zehren

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Monika Zehren athletics

Bundesarchiv Bild 183-L1220-0032, Berlin, athlete of the year honored.jpg
Monika Zehren (3rd from right) in December 1972
at the reception of the "GDR Sportsman of the Year"

nation Germany Democratic Republic 1949GDR GDR
birthday 29th September 1952 (age 67)
place of birth Riesa
size 168 cm
Weight 56 kg
discipline 400 meter run
Best performance 51.0 s (hand-
stopped ) 51.08 s (electronic)
society SC Dynamo Berlin
Trainer Inge Utecht
status resigned
Medal table
Olympic games 2 × gold 0 × silver 0 × bronze
European championships 1 × gold 0 × silver 0 × bronze
U19 European Championships 2 × gold 0 × silver 0 × bronze
Olympic rings Olympic games
gold Munich 1972 400 m
gold Munich 1972 4 × 400 m
EAA logo European championships
gold Helsinki 1971 4 × 400 m
EAA logo Junior European Championships
gold Paris 1970 400 m
gold Paris 1970 4 × 400 m

Monika Zehren , divorced Landgrave (born September 29, 1952 in Riesa ), is a former German athlete who was among the world's best in the 400-meter run in the 1970s.


Monika Zehre won two gold medals for the GDR at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich - in the 400-meter run , when she narrowly defeated Rita Wilden , and in the 4-by-400-meter relay (with Dagmar Käsling , Rita Kühne and Helga Seidler ). At 19, she is the youngest 400-meter Olympic champion to this day (as of 2004).

Twice, in 1971 and 1972, she was elected GDR Team of the Year with the 4 x 400 meter relay . After a short, successful career in which she set four world records, she ended her career as an athlete in 1974. She studied foreign trade and works in a managerial position at a furniture company. She has two sons (Andreas, Steffen ).

Monika Zehren started for SC Dynamo Berlin and trained with Inge Utecht . In her active days she was 1.68 m tall and weighed 56 kg.

In 1971 she received the Patriotic Order of Merit in bronze and in 1972 in silver.

More Achievements

  • 1970 GDR champion and winner of the European youth games in the 400-meter run
  • 1971 European champion with the 4 x 400 meter relay (world record: 3: 29.28 min on August 15 in Helsinki , with Rita Kühne , Ingelore Lohse and Helga Seidler )
  • 1972 Equalization of the world record in the 400-meter run: 51.0 s on August 4th in Paris
  • 1972 world records with the 4 x 400 meter relay: 3: 28.48 min in the Olympic prelim; 3: 22.95 min in the Olympic final
  • 1973 winner of the European Cup in Edinburgh in the 400-meter run


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