Klaus Bahner

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameKlaus Erich•Bahner
Used nameKlaus•Bahner
Born30 November 1937 in Crimmitschau, Sachsen (GER)
Died13 October 2011 in Gera, Thüringen (GER)
Measurements167 cm / 63 kg
AffiliationsSC Motor Jena, Jena (GER)
NOC East Germany Germany
Nationality East Germany


Klaus Bahner from SC Motor Jena earned 66 international caps for East Germany between 1960 and 1968. He also played the international qualifications, when East Germany lost the first match against West Germany 4-2 in West Berlin, and then won the return match 1-0 in Jena, requiring two more matches to be played. East Germany again won in Jena 1-0, but then tied the return match 2-2, qualifying the East German team for the 1964 Tokyo Games. Bahner and his team defeated Kenya in the fifth-place match at the Tokyo Olympics, 3-0. Bahner later married Edith Heinicke, sister of speed skater Erika Heinicke.

In 1968 East Germany again qualified for the Mexico City Olympics, with Bahner also playing in that tournament. In the preliminary round during the 1968 Olympics, East and West Germany played their only official international match, with West Germany winning 3-2. East Germany finished the tournament as a disappointing eleventh, which caused East Germany to drastically reduce financial support for hockey (field).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1964 Summer Olympics Hockey GER GDR Klaus Bahner
Hockey, Men (Olympic) Unified Team of Germany 5
1968 Summer Olympics Hockey GDR Klaus Bahner
Hockey, Men (Olympic) East Germany 11

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