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Astrid Kumbernuss
Personal information
Born (1970-02-05) 5 February 1970 (age 51)
Grevesmühlen, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, East Germany
Years active1986-2004
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight89 kg (196 lb)
  • East Germany (1986-1990)
  • Germany (1991-2004)
Event(s)Shot put
ClubSC Neubrandenburg
Turned pro1986
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)21.22 m (1995)

Astrid Kumbernuss (German pronunciation: [ˈas.tʁɪt ˈkʊmbɐˌnʊs] (About this soundlisten); born 5 February 1970 in Grevesmühlen, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) is a former German female shot putter and discus thrower.

Her career started at the SC Neubrandenburg sports club. Her greatest successes were gold medals at the 1995, 1997 and 1999 World Championships in Athletics, and the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. In 1997, she was awarded Athlete of the Year. In 1998, she gave birth to her son Philip, and retired from her sports career in 2005.

International competitions

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  East Germany
1988 World Junior Championships Sudbury, Ontario, Canada 2nd Discus throw 64.08 m
1990 European Championships Split, Yugoslavia 1st Shot put 20.38 m
Representing  Germany
1992 European Indoor Championships Genoa, Italy 3rd Shot put 19.37 m
1993 World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 6th Shot put 19.42 m
IAAF Grand Prix Final London, England 2nd Shot put 19.37 m
1994 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 2nd Shot put 19.49 m
European Indoor Championships Paris, France 1st Shot put 19.44 m
IAAF World Cup London, England 3rd Shot put 18.89 m
1995 IAAF Grand Prix Final Monaco 1st Shot put 20.20 m
World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 1st Shot put 21.22 m
1996 European Indoor Championships Stockholm, Sweden 1st Shot put 19.79 m
Olympic Games Atlanta, USA 1st Shot put 20.56 m
1997 World Indoor Championships Paris, France 2nd Shot put 19.92 m
World Championships Athens, Greece 1st Shot put 20.71 m
IAAF Grand Prix Final Fukuoka, Japan 1st Shot put 20.95 m
1999 World Championships Sevilla, Spain 1st Shot put 19.85 m
IAAF Grand Prix Final Munich, Germany 2nd Shot put 19.13 m
2000 European Indoor Championships Ghent, Belgium 3rd Shot put 19.12 m
Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 3rd Shot put 19.62 m
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Alberta 6th Shot put 19.25 m
IAAF Grand Prix Final Melbourne, Australia 1st Shot put 18.94 m
2002 European Championships Munich, Germany 4th Shot put 19.22 m
IAAF World Cup Madrid, Spain 3rd Shot put 19.11 m
2003 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, England 3rd Shot put 19.86 m
European Cup Florence, Italy 1st Shot put 19.46 m
IAAF World Athletics Final Monaco 4th Shot put 18.89 m
World Championships Paris, France 15th (q) Shot put 17.83 m
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 14th (q) Shot put 17.89 m


Awards Preceded byKatja Seizinger German Sportswoman of the Year1997 Succeeded byKatja Seizinger Preceded bySvetlana Masterkova Women's European Athlete of the Year1997 Succeeded byChristine Arron