Marina Wilke started for the SC Berlin- Grunau and was trained by Klaus -Dieter Baehr. Wilke was able to 1975-1980 with their boats apart from 1979 where they only placed second in their boat in the GDR championships, always go for the big events of the year qualify. In 1975, the rowing eight of the GDR with Wilke than control women's world champion. A year later she was able to celebrate in Montreal at the Olympics with the eight Olympic victory. In 1977 she took up at the world championships in four with coxswain and won the title. In 1978, she appeared again in the eighth and became Vice World Champion. At the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, she won her second Olympic gold with the eighth.
Wilke married the rowing Olympic champion Harald yearling and went with this to Australia when he sports director of the Rowing Federation in 1991. After her divorce, she returned to Germany. 1976 and 1980 she was awarded the Patriotic Order of Merit in silver.