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Harald Heinke

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameHarald•Heinke
Used nameHarald•Heinke
Born15 May 1955 in Eilenburg, Sachsen (GER)
Measurements178 cm / 78 kg
AffiliationsSC Leipzig, Leipzig (GER)
NOC East Germany


East German judoka Harald Heinke won a bronze medal at the 1980 Moskva Olympic Games in the half-middleweight class. At the European Championships, Heinke won gold medals in 1978 and 1979 and silver medals in 1977 and 1980. Also in 1979, he won a bronze medal at the World Championships and won his only East German national title.

Heinke became a graduated sports teacher and defected to West Germany just one year before re-unification in 1989. He worked as a judo coach with MTV Ingolstadt from 1992-98, and then returned to Schwerin where he worked as an insurance agent.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1980 Summer Olympics Judo GDR Harald Heinke
Half-Middleweight, Men (Olympic) =3 Bronze