Hannelore Anke

Hannelore Anke (later Hofmann; born 8 December 1957) is a retired German swimmer who competed for East Germany in the 1970s.

Hannelore Anke
Hannelore Anke in 1975
Personal information
NationalityEast German
Born (1957-12-08) 8 December 1957
Schlema, Bezirk Karl-Marx-Stadt, East Germany
Height1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)
Weight52 kg (115 lb)
ClubSC Karl-Marx-Stadt

Personal life

Anke was born in 1957 in Bad Schlema. Her mother had a senior position in a textile manufacturing plant and her father was a decorative painter. The sixth of ultimately seven children, she was the first god-child of Wilhelm Pieck, who at the time of her birth was president of East Germany.[1]

Sports career

Anke became junior-champion at the 1971 Junior European Swimming Championships.[2] She had her best achievements in the 100 m breaststroke and 4 × 100 m medley relay. In these two events she won gold medals at the 1976 Summer Olympics[3] and 1975 World Aquatics Championships, and set two world records. In 1975, she also won a world title in the 100 m breaststroke. She was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1990.[4][5]


Officials from the East German team have later admitted that they administered performance enhancing drugs to Anke during her career.[3][5][6][7]


  1. Kluge 2004, pp. 13, 99.
  2. Kluge 2004, p. 13.
  3. Hannelore Anke. sports-reference.com
  4. "ISHOF 1990 Honorees" Archived 9 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine International Swimming Hall of Fame (Retrieved on 3 May 2008)
  5. "HANNELORE ANKE (GDR) 1990 Honor Swimmer" Archived 4 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine International Swimming Hall of Fame (Retrieved on 3 May 2008)
  6. "The East German Doping Machine" Archived 24 April 2008 at the Wayback Machine International Swimming Hall of Fame (Retrieved on 3 May 2008)
  7. "OLYMPICS; U.S. May Seek to Change Medals Won by East Germans" The New York Times (20 October 1998) (Retrieved on 3 May 2008)

See also


  • 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. ISBN 3-89602-538-4.

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