Friedrich in 1988
|Born||18 April 1970|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Weight||63 kg (139 lb)|
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.
In October 1986, she was awarded a Star of People's Friendship in gold (second class) for her sporting success.
- "THE SEOUL OLYMPICS: Swimming; Evans and Biondi Win Gold Again" New York Times. Retrieved 19 January 2017.
- "Hohe staatliche Auszeichnungen verliehen" [Awarded high state awards]. Neues Deutschland (in German). 42 (243). 15 October 1986. p. 6. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
| Women's 200 metre freestyle
world record holder (long course)
18 June 1986 – 6 September 1994
Franziska van Almsick