Heimo Reinitzer

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameHeimo•Reinitzer
Used nameHeimo•Reinitzer
Born24 September 1943 in Graz (AUT)
Measurements188 cm / 100 kg
AffiliationsAT Graz, Graz (AUT)
NOC Austria


Discus thrower Heimo Reinitzer was Austrian champion in shot put (1963, 1972) and discus throw (1963, 1965-66, 1968, 1970-1972). He was also runner-up at the 1972 West German Championships. Reinitzer failed to reach the finals at the 1968 and 1972 Olympic Games, but finished tenth at the 1971 Europeans.

Reinitzer later became a university professor and Head of Science of the German Bible Archive at the University of Hamburg, and from 1996-99 was a member of the “Inter Academic Commission for the Goethe-Dictionary” of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences. He was also from 1995-2010 chairman of the “Line Commission of the Hamburg section of the Goethe-Dictionary” and held several other positions in this field.

Reinitzer has produced numerous publications, in particular concerning the influence of the Bible in text and image products in German-speaking countries, the relationship between text and image, and the medieval meaning of science. In 1968, 1970, and 1971, he was awarded the “Dr. Heinz Dottermann Prize” by the Styric Track and Field Association in Austria. From 2006-13 he was the founding president of the Academy of Sciences in Hamburg.

Personal Best: DT – 62.86 (1971).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1968 Summer Olympics Athletics AUT Heimo Reinitzer
Discus Throw, Men (Olympic) 22 r1/2
1972 Summer Olympics Athletics AUT Heimo Reinitzer
Discus Throw, Men (Olympic) 27 r1/2