Klaus-Jürgen Grünke

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameKlaus-Jürgen•Grünke
Used nameKlaus-Jürgen•Grünke
Born30 March 1951 in Bad Lauchstädt, Sachsen-Anhalt (GER)
Measurements172 cm / 73 kg
AffiliationsBerliner TSC, Berlin (GER)
NOC East Germany
Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1


Track cyclist Klaus-Jürgen Grünke won the gold medal at the 1976 Montréal Olympics in the 1,000 metres time trial quite easily, almost 1.6 seconds ahead of the field. One year earlier he was also World Champion in this event. Domestically, Grünke won seven East German national titles (1,000 metres time trial: 1970-71, 1974; tandem: 1972-73; team pursuit: 1971, 1974). In 1974 he won the silver medal with the East German pursuit team at the Worlds, and in 1975 added a bronze medal in this event.

Grünke trained as a constructional steelworker, but later became a bus driver in Berlin after re-unification. His brothers Dieter and Peter were also successful cyclists on a national level.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1976 Summer Olympics Cycling Track (Cycling) GDR Klaus-Jürgen Grünke
1,000 metres Time Trial, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold