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Edwin Klein

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameEdwin•Klein
Used nameEdwin•Klein
Born19 June 1948 in Konz, Rheinland-Pfalz (GER)
Measurements190 cm / 110 kg
AffiliationsUSC Mainz, Mainz (GER)
NOC West Germany


Edwin Klein was one of the leading West German hammer throwers in the 1970s, winning the German Championship in 1972 and 1974, and placing ninth at the 1974 European Championships. He was ranked in the World Top 10 from 1972-74, with a high of fifth in 1972. 1972 he placed seventh and 1976 eighth at the Olympic Games in Munich and Montréal. In school, he studied sports and geography, becoming a teacher. Since 1990 he has also worked as a freelance author writing action-oriented political thrillers. Among the 20 books he has published was Bitterer Sieg (1992), which painted a world picture of sports including doping practices, commercial entities, and mafia-like structures.

Personal Best: HT – 74.72 m (1976).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1972 Summer Olympics Athletics FRG Edwin Klein
Hammer Throw, Men (Olympic) 7
1976 Summer Olympics Athletics FRG Edwin Klein
Hammer Throw, Men (Olympic) 8