Gabriele Wetzko

Gabriele Wetzko (later Hartung then Frischke then Kühne , born 24 August 1954 in Leipzig) is a former German swimmer. Born in Leipzig, East Germany, she competed for East Germany in the 1968 and 1972 Summer Olympics.[1]

Gabriele Wetzko

Gabriele Wetzko in 1970
Medal record
Women's swimming
Representing  East Germany
Summer Olympic Games
1968 Mexico City4×100 m freestyle
1972 Munich4×100 m freestyle
1972 Munich4×100 m medley
European Championships
1970 Barcelona200 m freestyle
1970 Barcelona100 m freestyle
1970 Barcelona4×100 m medley
1970 Barcelona4×100 m freestyle

At the 1968 Olympics she competed in the 200 m, 400 m and 4 × 100 m freestyle events. The 4 × 100 m freestyle East German team of Gabriele Wetzko, Uta Schmuck, Gabriele Perthes and Roswitha Krause won a silver medal.[1]

At the 1970 European Aquatics Championships in Barcelona, she won four gold medals: in the 100 m[2] and 200 m freestyle,[3] as well as in the 4×100 medley[4] and 4×100 m freestyle relays.[4]

At the 1972 Olympics she competed in the 100 m freestyle, 4×100 m medley relay and 4×100 m freestyle relay, where her team, once again, won the silver medal.[1]

In 1973, she completed her swimming career and began studying for a medical degree, later receiving a degree in economics as well. She married the swimmer Wilfried Hartung on 15 September 1973 but they divorced soon after.[5]


  1. "Gabriele Wetzko". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 14 September 2011. Retrieved 31 December 2008.
  2. "Swimming European Championships Women: 100 m Freestyle". Retrieved 30 December 2008.
  3. "Swimming European Championships Women: 200 m Freestyle". Retrieved 30 December 2008.
  4. "Swimming European Championships Women: 4 x 100 m Medley Relay". Retrieved 30 December 2008.
  5. Kluge, Volker (2004). Das große Lexikon der DDR-Sportler: Die 1000 erfolgreichsten und populärsten Sportlerinnen und Sportler aus der DDR, ihre Erfolge, Medaillen und Biographien [The big lexicon of the GDR athletes: The 1000 most successful and popular athletes from the GDR, their successes, medals and biographies.] (in German) (2 ed.). Berlin: Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf Verlag. pp. 204f. ISBN 3-89602-538-4.
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