Page back
BUGGENHAGEN Marianne
Sport Para athletics
NPC Germany   
GenderWomen
Age65
Place of BirthUeckermünde, GDR
Height1.90 m
Weight 85 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
F55
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Husband Jorg Buggenhagen
Residence
Berlín, ESA
Occupation
Physiotherapist
Languages
German
Higher education
Nursing
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up athletics in 1977 with BSG Medizin Berlin-Buch in Germany.
Why this sport?
Taking up sport was part of her rehabilitation programme.
Club / Team
PSC Berlin: Germany
Name of coach
Ralf Otto [club], GER, from 2013; Willi Gernemann [national], GER
Training Regime
She trains two to three hours a day, six days a week.
Senior International Debut
Year
1977
Competing for
East Germany
General Interest
Nicknames
Grande Dame (sport1.de, 25 Oct 2015)
Hobbies
Fishing. (morgenpost.de, 02 Jan 2016)
Most influential person in career
Her coach, her husband, and her friends. (Athlete, 14 Dec 2010; beijing2008.cn, 09 Sep 2008)
Injuries
Prior to 2010 she took a break from sport for one year after heart surgery. She also spent one year recovering from a shoulder operation. (Athlete, 14 Dec 2010; 02 Aug 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Even the stones in one's path can be made into something beautiful." (idm-leichtathletik.de, 21 Jun 2015)
Awards and honours
She has been presented with numerous awards during her career, including the Fleurdrop Emotion Award in 2008, the Silberne Lorbeerblatt [Silver Bay Leaf] Award in 1992, 2001 and 2005, the Dr Hans-Heinrich Sievert Award in 2001 and Golden Ribbon of Sports Journalists Award in 1991. (marianne-buggenhagen.de, 2014)

She was named Berlin's Athlete of the Year in 1996, the 1993 Woman of the Year by the Association of German Citizens and in 1999 she became an honorary citizen of the city of Ueckermuende, Germany. (marianne-buggenhagen.de, 2014)

She was named the 1994 Sportswoman of the Year in Germany. (naumburger-tageblatt.de, 01 Jun 2016)
Other sports
She represented East Germany in volleyball, and has also competed in wheelchair basketball. (dw.de, 22 Oct 2012; Athlete, 09 Feb 2011)
Ambitions
To win her 10th Paralympic gold medal at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (morgenpost.de, 02 Jan 2016)
Impairment
She became ill in 1976 and has used a wheelchair since then. (marianne-buggenhagen.de, 2014)
Other information
FUTURE PLANS
She plans to retire from competitive para-athletics after she has participated at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (t-online.de, 28 Oct 2015)

RETIREMENT AND COMEBACK
She has been involved in the Paralympic movement since 1977, and retired from competition after the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. Following her retirement she opened a school for over 2000 children with impairments called the Marianne Buggenhagen Schule. She returned to training ahead of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (dbs-npc.de, 07 Sep 2012; marianne-buggenhagen.de, 11 Mar 2011; beijing2008.cn, 09 Sep 2008)

AUTHOR
She has written four books including one on the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney, as well as an autobiography released in 2010. (marianne-buggenhagen.de, 2014; beijing2008.cn, 09 Sep 2008)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 1992 Discus Throw THW5 24.38
1 1992 Javelin Throw THW5 19.58
1 1992 Pentathlon PW3-4 3457
1 1992 Shot Put THW5 8.20
1 1996 Shot Put F53-54 8.39 
1 1996 Discus Throw F53-54 23.76 
3 1996 Javelin Throw F53-54 18.04 
4 2000 Discus Throw F58 27.11
1 2000 Shot Put F55 8.96
1 2004 Shot Put F54-55 9.06 
2 2004 Discus Throw F54-55 27.57 
5 2004 Javelin Throw F54-55 19.34 
3 2008 Shot Put F54-56 8.54
1 2008 Discus Throw F54-56 27.80
8 2008 Javelin Throw F54-56 17.64
2 2012 Shot Put F54-56 8.32
2 2016 Discus Throw F55 24.56
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 1994 Discus Throw F54 24.80 
1 1994 Javelin Throw F54 17.44
1 1994 Pentathlon F56 5707 
1 1994 Shot Put F54 8.17
1 1998 Shot Put F55 8.27
1 1998 Discus Throw F55 23.33
2 1998 Javelin Throw F55 16.95
1 2002 Shot Put F55 8.81
2 2002 Discus Throw F54-56 27.48
3 2002 Javelin Throw F54-56 19.60
2 2006 Shot Put F55-57 8.43
1 2006 Discus Throw F54-56 27.39
3 2006 Javelin Throw F54-56 17.83
1 2011 Discus Throw F54-56 26.75
7 2011 Javelin Throw F54-56 16.70
1 2011 Shot Put F54-56 8.48
3 2013 Shot Put F55/56/57 7.70
1 2013 Discus Throw F54/55/56 27.04
1 2015 Shot Put F55 7.96
1 2015 Discus Throw F55 25.40
European Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014 Discus Throw F55 24.62
3 2014 Shot Put F53/54/55 7.28
3 2014 Javelin Throw F56 16.35
2 2016 Shot Put F55 7.45
1 2016 Discus Throw F55 24.57