Heidemarie Ecker-Rosendahl (born 14 February 1947 in Hückeswagen) is a retired German athlete who competed mainly in the pentathlon and long jump. She set a world record of 6.84 m in long jump at Turin in 1970 which stood for five years.
She won the long jump gold medal in the 1972 Munich Olympics with a leap of 6.78m, one centimetre ahead of Diana Yorgova of Bulgaria. Two days later in a thrilling pentathlon, she finished second to Mary Peters of Britain.
After the three events on the first day Rosendahl was in the fifth place, 301 points behind Peters. On the second day, she jumped 6.83 m in the longjump (one cm short of the record) and ran the 200m in 22.96 seconds. She finished with 4791 points, 16 points better than Burglinde Pollak's world record. She held the world record for 1.12 seconds before Peters bettered it by 10 points on finishing her 200m race in 24.08 seconds. To further prove her versatility, she helped the West German 4 x 100 m team with Christiane Krause, Ingrid Mickler-Becker and Annegret Richter to the gold medal and a world record.
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