Klaus Beer

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameKlaus•Beer
Used nameKlaus•Beer
Born14 November 1942 in Legnica, Dolnośląskie (POL)
Measurements176 cm / 74 kg
AffiliationsSC Dynamo Berlin, Ost-Berlin (GER)
NOC East Germany Germany
Nationality East Germany


Klaus Beer was the father of the non-Olympian Ronald Beer and his sister, Peggy Beer, and married his teammate Sigrid Albert. In 1964 Klaus Beer started for the mixed German team being eliminated in the qualification round, and in 1968 he represented East Germany winning the silver medal. He later became a successful long jump coach. In his early years he was a very good handball player.

In 1962, 1969 and 1971 Beer took part in the European Championships and he earned several long jump titles in East Germany (1961-62, 1964, 1967-70; and 1965, 1968-70 indoors). In 1968 he was the first East German athlete to jump over 8 metres and he is the answer to a trivia question as he won the silver medal at the 1968 Olympics behind Bob Beamon’s legendary world record.

Personal Best: LJ – 8.19 (1968).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1964 Summer Olympics Athletics GER GDR Klaus Beer
Long Jump, Men (Olympic) 21 r1/2
1968 Summer Olympics Athletics GDR Klaus Beer
Long Jump, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver

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