Manfred Wolke

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameManfred•Wolke
Used nameManfred•Wolke
Born14 January 1943 in Babelsberg, Potsdam, Brandenburg (GER)
Measurements176 cm / 67 kg
AffiliationsASK Vorwärts Frankfurt, Frankfurt an der Oder (GER)
NOC East Germany


Welterweight boxer Manfred Wolke won the gold medal for East Germany at the Mexico Olympics in 1968, by beating Joseph Bessala from Cameroon in the final, by a 4-1 decision. Four years later, Wolke was his country’s flagbearer at the opening ceremony but, sadly, did not retain his title after suffering a defeat in round three, when the referee stopped the fight after Wolke suffered an eyebrow injury against the Cuban Emilio Correa, who went on to win the gold medal. Wolke retired immediately after the Games.

Wolke won the East German welterweight title in 1967-70, and in 1971 was the light-middleweight champion. Shortly after his retirement from the ring, Wolke started a very successful coaching career, and coached some well-known boxers, including Rudi Fink, Henry Maske, Axel Schulz and Danilo Häußler.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1968 Summer Olympics Boxing GDR Manfred Wolke
Welterweight, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
1972 Summer Olympics Boxing GDR Manfred Wolke
Welterweight, Men (Olympic) =9

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1972 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony GDR Manfred Wolke