Fred Kämmerer

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameAlfred "Fred"•Kämmerer
Used nameFred•Kämmerer
Born10 January 1934 in Obergreißlau, Sachsen-Anhalt (GER)
Measurements165 cm / 57 kg
AffiliationsSC Chemie Halle-Leuna, Halle (Saale) (GER) / SV Halle, Halle (Saale) (GER)
NOC Germany
Nationality East Germany


East German wrestler Fred Kämmerer lost his left forefoot in a labor accident shortly before his wrestling career began. For the whole sports career he had problems with his stability on the wrestling matt. Nevertheless he claimed twelve East German national titles in bantam and featherweight between 1954 and 1963 in both styles. He also came fifth and sixth in the bantamweight at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics in Greco-Roman and freestyle respectively. In 1960 he finished ninth in the freestyle.

In 1963 wrestlers and sports officials of KSV Efferen near Cologne in West Germany organized his defection from East Germany together with his wife and his child and five more East German wrestlers in a converted minibus. They all defected directly from Leipzig, where the International Gymnastics and Sports Meeting took place. In 1964 and 1965 he was runner-up at the West German Championships but did not qualify for the 1964 Tokyo Games. Kämmerer later had also a career as a coach at KSV Efferen. By profession, he was a petrol station officer.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1956 Summer Olympics Wrestling GER GDR Fred Kämmerer
Bantamweight, Greco-Roman, Men (Olympic) 5
Bantamweight, Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 6
1960 Summer Olympics Wrestling GER GDR Fred Kämmerer
Bantamweight, Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 9