Renate Vogel

Renate Vogel (later Heinrich and Bauer, born 30 June 1955) is a retired East German breaststroke swimmer. She had her best achievements in the 4 × 100 m medley relay, setting two world records in 1973 and 1974, and winning a silver medal at the 1972 Summer Olympics[1] and two gold medals at the 1973 World Aquatics Championships and 1974 European Aquatics Championships. She also won two world titles in the 100 m and 200 breaststroke events in 1973,[2] and set two world records in the 100 m breaststroke in 1974.

Renate Vogel
Renate Vogel in 1971
Personal information
Born (1955-06-30) 30 June 1955
Karl-Marx-Stadt, Germany
Height1.64 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight54 kg (119 lb)
ClubSC Karl-Marx-Stadt

In 1979 she fled to West Germany by boarding a plane from Budapest to Munich with a false West German passport. There she gave a series of interviews disclosing details of the East German training system[3] and later worked as a swimming coach.

Her cousin Helga Lindner also competed in swimming at the 1972 Olympics.[1]


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