|Type||Competed in Olympic Games|
|Born||28 October 1953 in Chemnitz, Sachsen (GER)|
|Died||21 January 2017 in Jena, Thüringen (GER)|
|Measurements||157 cm / 48 kg|
|Affiliations||SC Motor Zella-Mehlis, Zella-Mehlis (GER)|
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|