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Silke Möller

Silke Möller

Medal record
Women's Athletics
Competitor for  East Germany
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1988 Seoul 4x100 m relay
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1983 Helsinki 4x100 m relay
Gold medal – first place 1987 Rome 100 m
Gold medal – first place 1987 Rome 200 m
Silver medal – second place 1987 Rome 4x100 m relay
Silke Gladisch and at the right side Sabine Rieger (1986)

Silke Möller (née Gladisch; born June 20, 1964 in Stralsund, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) is a German athlete, who in the 1980s competed for East Germany as one of the best female sprinters in the world. Her best result was a world record in the 4 x 100 m relay at the World cup in Canberra on October 6, 1985. She and teammates Sabine Rieger, Marlies Göhr, and Ingrid Auerswald ran a time of 41.37 seconds which lasted until 2012.

Biography

During her career Möller always stood in the shadows of Göhr, Marita Koch, and Heike Drechsler. Only in 1987, while still using her maiden name Gladisch, did she come into her own: at the track and field world championship of 1987 she won two titles – in the 100 m sprint and the 200 m sprint, as well as second place with the 4 x 100 m relay team. With these results she was chosen as the East German sportswoman of the year.

Möller's 200m final performance at Rome in 1987 was exceptionally fast, she stopped the clock at 21.74 seconds. She had won the race by several meters and defeated a world class field including Florence Griffith and Merlene Ottey. Her time of 21.74 seconds was only just outside the then world record of 21.71 held by Marita Koch and Heile Drechsler.

At the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul she won the silver medal as a member of the East German 4 x 100 m relay team (she had at that time taken the name Möller).

In 1992 she was implicated with Katrin Krabbe and Grit Breuer in a doping scandal, but would later be cleared by the International Athletic Federation (IAAF). Shortly before the 1992 Summer Olympics she quit her athletic career and began to study history

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