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Peter Frenkel

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full namePeter•Frenkel
Used namePeter•Frenkel
Born13 May 1939 in Eckartsberga, Sachsen-Anhalt (GER)
Measurements182 cm / 75 kg
AffiliationsASK Vorwärts Potsdam, Potsdam (GER)
NOC(s) East Germany


Peter Frenkel specialized in the 20 km walk, and was the best East German walker of the later 1960s and early 1970s. He recorded two World Records, 1-25:50 in 1970, and 1-25:19.4 in 1972. In addition to his Olympic performances, winning the gold medal in 1972 and the bronze medal in 1976, he placed fourth at the 1971 European Championships. Frenkel was world-ranked #1 in both 1970 and 1972.

Frenkel later studied photography from 1972-76 and became a freelance photographer, exhibiting his photos in Germany and foreign countries, and serving as a lecturer for photography at the Rhein-Sieg-Kunstakademie in Hennef. Frenkel became a member of the German NOC in 1990, was the spokesman of the German Olympians Association (GOD) and a member of the German Artists Association. Later he became press secretary of his renamed home club OSC Potsdam.

Personal Best: 20kmW – 1-23:30 (1974).


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1968 Summer Olympics Athletics 20 kilometres Walk, Men Olympic 10 Representing East Germany    
1972 Summer Olympics Athletics 20 kilometres Walk, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing East Germany    
1976 Summer Olympics Athletics 20 kilometres Walk, Men Olympic 3 Bronze Representing East Germany    

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1972 Summer Olympics 31 August 1972 Athletics 20 kilometres Walk, Men Final Standings 1-26:42.4 1