Dieter Fromm

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameDieter•Fromm
Used nameDieter•Fromm
Born21 April 1948 in Bad Langensalza, Thüringen (GER)
Measurements178 cm / 65 kg
AffiliationsSC Turbine Erfurt, Erfurt (GER)
NOC East Germany


Dieter Fromm reached the Olympic finals of the 800 m in 1968 (6th) and 1972 (8th) and was on the East German 4 x 400 m relay team in 1968. Two weeks before the Montréal Games he sustained an Achilles tendon rupture and retired from athletics. In 1969 Fromm was European Champion at 800 m, while in 1971 he was runner-up and in 1973 placed eighth. He was third in the 1973 European Cup and second in 1975. Domestically he earned 10 national titles and recorded one indoor world record in 1969 (1:46.6). His son Alexander married sprinter Uta Rohländer in 1999.

Dieter Fromm later was employed in coaching at Erfurt (1976-90) by the East German Athletics Association DVfL, coaching among others Nils Schumann.

Personal Bests: 400 – unknown; 800 – 1:45.4 (1972).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1968 Summer Olympics Athletics GDR Dieter Fromm
800 metres, Men (Olympic) 6
4 × 400 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) East Germany 4 h1 r1/2
1972 Summer Olympics Athletics GDR Dieter Fromm
800 metres, Men (Olympic) 8

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