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Bernd Drechsel

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameBernd•Drechsel
Used nameBernd•Drechsel
Born28 October 1953 in Chemnitz, Sachsen (GER)
Died21 January 2017 in Jena, Thüringen (GER)
Measurements157 cm / 48 kg
AffiliationsSC Motor Zella-Mehlis, Zella-Mehlis (GER)
NOC East Germany


Bernd Drechsel was a technically brilliant Greco-Roman wrestler. He was too small for football, so he started wrestling at age 14. He finished fourth in his first World Championships in 1971 when he was only 17-years-old. At the 1972 München Olympic Games Drechsel finished seventh as a light-flyweight. In 1975 he won a bronze medal at the European Championships, which was his greatest sporting success. Between 1971 and 1979 Bernd Drechsel was a seven-time GDR Champion. His career with the GDR national team ended in 1979.

Drechel later became a youth wrestling coach and also worked as a wrestling referee. After German reunification Drechsel made a successful comeback when he was almost 40, and wrestled for two more years in the German national league. He died after a long and severe illness at the age of 63. His brother Frank died earlier in a motorcycle accident in 1979.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1972 Summer Olympics Wrestling GDR Bernd Drechsel
Light-Flyweight, Greco-Roman, Men (Olympic) AC