Petra Thümer

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Petra Thümer
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Petra Thümer in 1976
Personal information
NationalityEast German
Born (1961-01-29) 29 January 1961 (age 60)
Karl-Marx-Stadt, Sachsen, East Germany now Germany
Height1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight62 kg (137 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle
Club SC Karl-Marx-Stadt

Petra Thümer (later Deckert then Katzur, born 29 January 1961) is a former swimmer from East Germany. She won gold medals in the 400 m and 800 m freestyle at the 1976 Summer Olympics [1] and the 1977 European Aquatics Championships. During her career she set five world records in the 400 m and 800 m freestyle. In 1987 she was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. [2]

Later she admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs as part of the East German training system. [3] [4] For this reason she missed the 1978 World Championships – coaches feared she would not pass the doping test and excluded her from the East German team, officially explaining her absence by injuries. [5]

In 1979 she retired from swimming and worked as a photographer. [3]

She was married to the German Olympic athletes Klaus Katzur (swimmer) and Alf-Gerd Deckert (cross-country skier). [1]

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  1. 1 2 Petra Thümer.
  2. PETRA THUMER (GDR) Archived 12 January 2007 at the Wayback Machine .
  3. 1 2 Thümer, Petra.
  4. Von Männern geschlagen. Der Spiegel (14 September 1998)
  5. Matthias Krause (21 April 1998). Die Spritzen waren immer fertig aufgezogen.