Siegrun Siegl

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Siegrun Siegl
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Siegrun Siegl (née Thon, born 29 October 1954 in Apolda, Thuringia) is a retired East German athlete who specialised in the pentathlon and later long jump.

Apolda Place in Thuringia, Germany

Apolda is a town in central Thuringia, Germany, the capital of the Weimarer Land district. It is situated in the center of the triangle Weimar–Jena–Naumburg near the river Ilm, c. 15 kilometres east by north from Weimar. Apolda station lies on the Halle–Bebra railway, which is part of the main line from Berlin to Frankfurt.

Thuringia State in Germany

Thuringia, officially the Free State of Thuringia, is a state of Germany.

Womens pentathlon combined track and field competition for women

The pentathlon or women's pentathlon is a combined track and field event in which each woman competes in five separate events over one day. The distance or time for each event is converted to points via scoring tables, with the overall ranking determined by total points. Since 1949 the events have been sprint hurdling, high jump, shot put, long jump, and a flat race. The sprint hurdles distance was 80 m outdoors until 1969 and thereafter 100 m; in indoor pentathlon the distance is 60 m. The flat race was 200 m until 1976 and thereafter 800 m. In elite-level outdoor competition, the pentathlon was superseded in 1981 by the heptathlon, which has seven events, with both 200 m and 800 m, as well as the javelin throw. Pentathlon is still contested at school and masters level and indoors.



She finished fourth in pentathlon at the 1974 European Championships. On 19 May 1976 she broke the world record in long jump with 6.99 metres in Dresden. [1] She only finished fourth in this event at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, but won the gold medal in pentathlon.

Dresden Place in Saxony, Germany

Dresden is the capital city of the German state of Saxony, and with around 550,000 inhabitants, it is the state's second most populous city after Leipzig. It is the 12th most populous city of Germany, the fourth largest by area after Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne, as well as the third most populous city in the area of former East Germany, after (East) Berlin and Leipzig. Dresden is contiguous with Freital, Pirna, Radebeul, Meissen and Coswig, and its urban area has around 780,000 inhabitants, making it the largest in Saxony.

1976 Summer Olympics Games of the XXI Olympiad, held in Montréal in 1976

The 1976 Summer Olympics, officially called the Games of the XXI Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event in Montreal, Canada, in 1976, and the first Olympic Games held in Canada.

After this she concentrated on the long jump only. She won the 1979 European Indoor Championships and finished fifth at the 1980 Summer Olympics. However, 6.99 m remained her career best jump, and today this places her seventh on the German all-time performers list, behind Heike Drechsler, Helga Radtke, Sabine Paetz, Brigitte Wujak, Birgit Großhennig and Susen Tiedtke. [2]

1980 Summer Olympics Games of the XXII Olympiad, held in Moscow in 1980

The 1980 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXII Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event held in Moscow, Soviet Union, in present-day Russia.

Heike Drechsler East German long jumper

Heike Gabriela Drechsler is a German former track and field athlete who represented East Germany and later Germany. One of the most successful long jumpers of all-time, she is a former world record holder and ranks third on the all-time list with her legal best of 7.48 metres in 1988. Her marginally wind-assisted jump of 7.63 metres (+2.1) in 1992 at altitude in Sestriere, is still the furthest a woman has ever long jumped. She is the only woman who has won two Olympic gold medals in the long jump, winning in 1992 and 2000.

Helga Radtke German long jumper

Helga Radtke is a German track and field athlete. She competed from 1979 to the 1990s in the long and triple jumps. Until 1990 she represented East Germany. She won the bronze medal in the long jump at the 1990 European championship and was successful in many more indoor world and European championships

She competed for the sports club SC Turbine Erfurt during her active career.

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Preceded by
Flag of East Germany.svg Angela Voigt
Women's Long Jump World Record Holder
26 July 1976 – 18 August 1978
Succeeded by
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Vilma Bardauskiené
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Women's Long Jump Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Vilma Bardauskiené