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Paul Neff

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full namePaul•Neff
Used namePaul•Neff
Born10 January 1938 in Schifferstadt, Rheinland-Pfalz (GER)
Measurements158 cm / 55 kg
AffiliationsVfK Schifferstadt, Schifferstadt (GER)
NOC Germany West Germany
Nationality West Germany


West German flyweight wrestler Paul Neff participated in three consecutive Olympic Games in the freestyle division, in 1960 and 1964 with the mixed German team, and in 1968 for West Germany. In Roma he finished unfortunate fourth and in 1964 he was eliminated early in the tournament. In Mexico City he finished seventh.

Domestically he won 18 West German national titles and nine more podiums between 1955 and 1970. He also had several international successes: fourth at the 1961 World Championships, fifth in 1967 and 1969, and sixth in 1957, 1965, 1966 and 1970, all in the freestyle. At the 1966 and 1968 European Championships he won two silver medals and in 1967 he finished fourth, again all in the freestyle. After his active career Neff coached several wrestlers in his home club VfK Schifferstadt. He was a close friend of his teammate Wilfried Dietrich.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1960 Summer Olympics Wrestling GER FRG Paul Neff
Flyweight, Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 4
1964 Summer Olympics Wrestling GER FRG Paul Neff
Flyweight, Freestyle, Men (Olympic) AC
1968 Summer Olympics Wrestling FRG Paul Neff
Flyweight, Freestyle, Men (Olympic) AC