Halina Górecka

Olympic athlete

1938 –


Who is Halina Górecka?

Halina Górecka née Richter is a former Polish and German sprinter and a four-time olympian and an Olympic gold and bronze medal winner and a world record holder in women's 4x100 m relay. She was born in Chorzów, Poland, but now lives in Germany.

She competed for Poland in the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome and in the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, and for West Germany in the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City.

She won the bronze medal in 4x100 m relay at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome and, in world record-time, the gold medal in 4x100 m relay at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Also in Tokyo, she finished seventh in the final of the 100 m sprint.

In 1964 she became a double Champion of Poland: in 100 m and 200 m, adding to her earlier Polish Championship in 4x100 m relay in 1954. On 13 September 1964, a month before setting the 4x100 m relay world record in Tokyo, she set an earlier world record in Łódź, Poland, also in 4x100 m relay.

In 1965 she left Poland for West Germany and got married there for the second time. Her appearance for West Germany at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City did not result in any medals.

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Feb 4, 1938
Also known as
  • Halina Gorecka
  • Germany
  • Poland
Lived in
  • Chorzów

on July 23, 2013


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