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Betty Heidler is an athlete competing in track and field at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for Germany. She is making her third appearance at the Games. Four years earlier, Heidler faltered under the weighty expectations of being world champion. This time she will head to the games as world record holder in the hammer.

Heidler headed to the World Championships in Daegu in 2011 looking to reclaim her title in the hammer, but had to settle for the silver medal. She was an overwhelming favorite after setting a new world record in the event on May 21 in Halle, Germany. Her mark of 79.42m/260-6 obliterated the previous mark of 78.30m/256-10 set in 2010 by Poland's Anita Wlodarczyk. The record capped a remarkable throwing series for Heidler. Her opening round 77.19m/253-3 throw improved her own national record by seven centimeters, and she followed up with another near 77-metre effort, reaching 76.98m/252-6. Her World record effort came in the third round, before ending the competition with throws of 75.34m/247-2, 75.62m/248-1 and 76.00m/249-4.

Heidler was the most consistent thrower in the world during the 2010 season, finishing either first or second in 15 of 16 competitions. Her best performance of the year came at the European Championships in Barcelona, where she won gold with a mark of 76.38m/250-7. The distance was again the second-best in the world on the season as Poland's Anita Wlodarczyk improved her world record earlier in the summer.

With the World Championships in Berlin in 2009, Heidler had the luxury of defending her title on home soil. Although she threw a national-record 77.12m/253-0 in the competition, she was beaten by Poland's Anita Wlodarczyk, who established a new world record with her winning mark of 77.96m/255-9. Heidler's season was not devoid of major triumph, however. Earlier in the season, she won the hammer at the World University Games with a championship-record mark of 75.83m/248-9. She closed out 2009 with a victory at the IAAF World Athletics Final at 72.03m/236-4.

Heidler represented Germany at the Olympics for the second time in her career in 2008 in Beijing. As the reigning world champion at the time, Heidler was expected to contend for gold and improve upon her country's best finish in the event (a bronze by Kirsetn Muenchow in Sydney in 2000), but wound up finishing a disappointing ninth.

At the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Heidler took to the hammer circle a day after veteran German discus thrower Franka Dietzsch won gold on her first throw of the competition. Heidler followed a similar path to winning her first world championship, securing the victory with a throw of 74.76m/245-3 on her second attempt. "Franka Dietzsch was my role model yesterday," Heidler told the IAAF. "She inspired me. I thought if she can win this and I can too a day later, that would be huge. And it would be just so great if we meet together with two gold medals."

Heidler enjoyed her best season as a professional in 2006, when she won the IAAF World Athletics Final with a throw of 75.44m/247-6, breaking the meet record in the event. That year, she also set a German national record with her winning throw of 76.55m/251-1 at a domestic meet in Leverkusen.

While one would think that strong family ties are what drew Heidler to track and field, it was actually the influence of a friend that pulled her in. "I did not really know what to do when I was 15," Heidler said in an IAAF interview. "A friend did athletics and she took me along. I first had no intention to make a career as a hammer thrower. But then it simply developed."

There is a great track and field tradition in Heidler's family. Her great grandfather was a high jumper who competed at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Martin Riefstahl had even carried the Olympic flame during the Olympic torch relay. Her great cousin is also a famous name in international track. Cornelia Oschkenat clocked 12.45 seconds in the 100m hurdles 20 years ago, a time that still ranks as the third fastest ever by a German. Under her maiden name Cornelia Riefstahl, she finished seventh in the 100m hurdles at the 1983 World Championships in Helsinki, and four years later added bronze in Rome.

Heidler was born and raised in Berlin, where she lived until she turned 18. After that, she moved to Frankfurt where she competes for the Eintracht Frankfurt club team. Heidler, who is studying law,


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Age: 34 years old
Birthday: October 14, 1982
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 179 lbs.
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Current Residence: Frankfurt, Germany

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