Koch, Marita

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Portrait of Marita Koch (click to view image source)
Marita Koch
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Name
Koch, Marita Gender: F
born on 18 February 1957 at 05:08 (= 05:08 AM )
Place Wismar, Germany, 53n53, 11e28
Timezone MET h1e (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: de Jabrun
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 29°15' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 17°45 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 04°37'



Biography

Former East German sprint track and field athlete. During her career she collected a remarkable sixteen world records in outdoor sprints, as well as 14 world records in indoor events. She still holds (in September 2012) the world record over 400m from 1985.

Koch's achievements, along with the extraordinary performances of many other East German female athletes, aroused suspicion that they were achieved with the aid of performance-enhancing drugs. These drugs were and remain illegal, but were not detectable at the time. In 1991 German anti drug activists Brigitte Berendonk and Werner Franke were able to save several doctoral theses and other documents written by scientists working for the East German drug research program. The documents list the dosage and timetables for the administration of anabolic steroids to many athletes of the former GDR, one of them being Marita Koch. According to the sources Koch did use the anabolic steroid Oral-Turinabol from 1981 to 1984 with dosages ranging from 530 to 1460 mg/year. Koch never publicly admitted to this. However, a letter to the head of the state-owned pharmaceutical company was discovered by researcher Werner Frank, in which Marita Koch complained that Bärbel Wöckel received larger doses of steroids, because she had a relative working in the company.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Source Notes

Paddy de Jabrun, received email from Wismar birth registry confirming the time

Categories

  • Lifestyle : Work : Other Work (took part in illegal doping practices of East German sport)
  • Vocation : Sports : Track and Field (short distance running)

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