Franka Dietzsch
Franka Dietzsch Marktplatz-Center.jpg
Franka Dietzsch in 2005
Personal information
Born (1968-01-22) January 22, 1968 (age 54)
Wolgast, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, East Germany
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight82 kg (181 lb)
Country East Germany
Event(s)Discus throw
ClubSC Empor Rostock
SC Neubrandenburg
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)69.51 m (1999)

Franka Dietzsch (born 22 January 1968 in Wolgast) is a former German discus thrower best known for winning gold medals at three World Championships in Athletics. She won the 1998 European Championships and 1999 World Championships, but did not return to the international podium until her win at the 2005 World Championships.

At the age of 39 she won her third world championship title in 2007 in Osaka. After spending a year away from the field due to health problems, she returned to competition at the Wiesbaden meet. She finished in second place with 61.49 metres, remaining focused on defending her discus World Champion at the 2009 World Championships,[1] at which she finished 23rd at 58.44 metres, failing to qualify for the final. She retired the same year as one of the few remaining athletes to have represented East Germany internationally.[2]

Her personal best throw is 69.51 metres, achieved in May 1999 in Wiesbaden. This result ranks her ninth among German discus throwers, behind Gabriele Reinsch, Ilke Wyludda, Diana Gansky-Sachse, Irina Meszynski, Gisela Beyer, Martina Hellmann-Opitz, Evelin Jahl and Silvia Madetzky.[3]


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  East Germany
1986 World Junior Championships Athens, Greece 2nd 60.26 m
Representing  Germany
1993 World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 8th 62.06 m
1994 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 9th 59.18 m
1995 World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 7th 61.28 m
1998 European Championships Budapest, Hungary 1st 67.49 m
IAAF World Cup Johannesburg, South Africa 1st 67.07 m
1999 World Championships Seville, Spain 1st 68.14 m
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 6th 63.18 m
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 4th 65.38 m
2003 World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 6th 61.88 m
2004 World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 6th 61.48 m
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 1st 66.56 m
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 2nd 61.91 m
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 2nd 64.35 m
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 1st 64.73 m
IAAF World Cup Athens, Greece 1st 66.07 m
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 1st 66.61 m


  1. ^ Wenig, Jörg (18 May 2009). Fine start for Berlin’s Robert Harting – German competition weekend round-up. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-05-18.
  2. ^ (6 September 2009) Franka Dietzsch und Steffi Nerius sagen Adieu Retrieved on 2017-04-12.
  3. ^ ""Ewige" Bestenliste der deutschen Leichtathletik" ["Eternal" list of the best in German athletics] (PDF). (in German). Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 July 2007.
Sporting positions Preceded by Xiao Yanling Women's Discus Best Year Performance 1998 Succeeded by Natalya Sadova Preceded by Vera Pospíšilová Women's Discus Best Year Performance 2006–2007 Succeeded by Iryna Yatchenko