Silke-Beate Knoll

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Silke-Beate Knoll athletics
nation GermanyGermany Germany
birthday 21st February 1967 (age 53)
place of birth Rottweil , Germany
size 163 cm
Weight 52 kg
Best performance 100 m: 11.17 s
200 m: 22.29 s
400 m: 50.85 s
society MTV Celle
SC Eintracht Hamm
LG Olympia Dortmund
Trainer Heinz-Jochen Spilker (SCE Hamm)
status resigned
Medal table
World championships 0 × gold 0 × silver 1 × bronze
European championships 1 × gold 1 × silver 0 × bronze
European Indoor Championships 0 × gold 1 × silver 1 × bronze
U19 European Championships 0 × gold 0 × silver 1 × bronze
IAAF logo World championships
bronze Gothenburg 1995 4 × 100 m
EAA logo European championships
silver Split 1990 4 × 100 m
gold Helsinki 1994 4 × 100 m
EAA logo European Indoor Championships
bronze Budapest 1988 200 m
silver Paris 1994 200 m
EAA logo Junior European Championships
bronze Cottbus 1985 4 × 400 m

Silke-Beate Knoll (born February 21, 1967 in Rottweil , Baden-Württemberg ) is a former German athlete and Olympian who was successful as a sprinter in the 1980s and 1990s .


Her first major success was the 1985 German youth title in the 200-meter run . In 1988 she set an indoor world record with the 4 x 200 meter relay from Eintracht Hamm. It currently still holds the unofficial German record over 300 meters in 35.81 s.

Her greatest successes are the bronze medal in the 4 x 100 meter relay at the 1995 World Athletics Championships in Gothenburg (together with Melanie Paschke , Silke Lichtenhagen and Gabriele Becker ) and the gold medal at the 1994 European Championships in Helsinki with the 4- by 100 meters relay (together with Melanie Paschke, Bettina Zipp and Silke Lichtenhagen). She finished fourth in the 200-meter run .

It started until 1996 at many international highlights in the team of the Federal Republic. At the Olympic Games in Seoul in 1988, she competed in the 200-meter run, but was eliminated in the intermediate run. At the European Championships in 1990 , she won the silver medal with the 4 x 100 meter relay. She finished fifth in the 200-meter run.

At the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, ​​she was fourth with the 4-by-100-meter relay; in the 200-meter run she made it to the semi-finals. Her third participation in the Olympics in 1996 was not a good star, the 4 x 100 meter relay did not bring the baton to the finish.

Knoll may not have been in the limelight like other athletes, but very few have 22 German championship titles. She started for MTV Celle , 1987 to 1989 for SC Eintracht Hamm , then for LG Olympia Dortmund . In her active days she was 1.63 m tall and 52 kg light. At the end of 1997, she ended her sports career.

In 2004 Silke Knoll returned briefly to the athletics stage. She ran for LAC Dortmund in the 4 x 100 meter relay at the German Championships in Braunschweig and came in seventh. She played her last competition on February 19, 2005 at the German Indoor Championships in Sindelfingen, also in the LAC Dortmund relay.


During her career - as Der Spiegel revealed in 1990 - Knoll was involved in a system of organized doping at SC Eintracht Hamm in the so-called "hammer model" under the then national coach Heinz-Jochen Spilker . With her own consent, she was given the anabolic steroid Anavar .

Personal bests

  • 100 m : 11.17 s, May 28, 1992, Jena
  • 200 m: 22.29 s, July 9, 1992, Ingolstadt
    • Halle: 22.91 s, February 26, 1994, Dortmund
  • 300 m 35.85 s (German best performance)
  • 400 m : 50.85 s, July 1, 1995, Bremen


  • Rolf Wolter: Silke-Knoll-Gehrmann - athlete with nimble legs , in: Women from the Celler Land. A journey through the centuries , ed. from LEB Bildungswerk im Landkreis Celle eV, represented by Ingrid Lehmann, Celle: Ströher Druckerei & Verlag, 2004, ISBN 3-921744-37-7 , pp. 149–155
  • 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 evidence

  1. Der Spiegel v. December 3, 1990: Pumped in a lot. Women's doping in German athletics using the example of the "hammer model".