Heike Friedrich

Heike Friedrich (born 18 April 1970 in Karl-Marx-Stadt, Saxony) is a former freestyle swimmer from East Germany, who won two medals at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.

Heike Friedrich
Friedrich in 1988
Personal information
NationalityEast German
Born (1970-04-18) 18 April 1970
Karl-Marx-Stadt, Sachsen
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight63 kg (139 lb)
ClubSC Karl-Marx-Stadt

At the age of 15, Friedrich won five gold medals in the 1985 European championships and won four more in the World Championship the next year. She had not lost in a single major international championship in any event until she was defeated by Janet Evans in the 400 m in the Seoul Olympics, taking the silver medal. Friedrich had already won the gold medal in the 200 m freestyle on the previous day.[1]

In October 1986, she was awarded a Star of People's Friendship in gold (second class) for her sporting success.[2]


  1. "THE SEOUL OLYMPICS: Swimming; Evans and Biondi Win Gold Again" New York Times. Retrieved 19 January 2017.
  2. "Hohe staatliche Auszeichnungen verliehen" [Awarded high state awards]. Neues Deutschland (in German). 42 (243). 15 October 1986. p. 6. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
Preceded by
Kristin Otto
Women's 200 metre freestyle
world record holder (long course)

18 June 1986 – 6 September 1994
Succeeded by
Franziska van Almsick

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