Joachim Kirst

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJoachim•Kirst
Used nameJoachim•Kirst
Born21 May 1947 in Neunhofen, Neustadt an der Orla, Thüringen (GER)
Measurements190 cm / 93 kg
AffiliationsASK Vorwärts Potsdam, Potsdam (GER)
NOC East Germany


Decathlete Joachim Kirst finished fifth at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, but did not finish the event in 1972. He had his greatest moments at the 1969 and 1971 European Championships winning both titles. Kirst worked as a professional photographer in East Germany until German reunification, creating sports photographs at many competitions. He was married to former high jumper Rita Schmidt and became Jutta Kirst’s brother-of-law after her marriage to his brother Edgar, also a nationally successful high jumper.

After German reunification Kirst moved to Rheinland Palatinate and became a regional youth coach from 1992-97, and was eventually a sports teacher within the Sportbund of Rheinland Palatinate. He then returned to his home becoming Director of the Talent Training Centre at Zeulenroda from 2000-10.

Personal Best: Dec – 8188 (1971).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1968 Summer Olympics Athletics GDR Joachim Kirst
Decathlon, Men (Olympic) 5
1972 Summer Olympics Athletics GDR Joachim Kirst
Decathlon, Men (Olympic) DNF

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