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Petra Thümer

Petra Thümer
Petra Thümer in 1976
Personal information
Nationality  East Germany
Born (1961-01-29) 29 January 1961
Karl-Marx-Stadt, Sachsen, East Germany now Germany
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 62 kg (137 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle
Club SC Karl-Marx-Stadt

Petra Thümer (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]


  1. ^ a b Petra Thümer.
  3. ^ a b Thümer, Petra.
  4. ^ Von Männern geschlagen. Der Spiegel (14 September 1998)
  5. ^ Matthias Krause (21 April 1998). Die Spritzen waren immer fertig aufgezogen.

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