Michael Zerbes

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameMichael•Zerbes
Used nameMichael•Zerbes
Born13 September 1944 in Dresden, Sachsen (GER)
Measurements195 cm / 81 kg
AffiliationsBerliner TSC, Berlin (GER)
NOC East Germany


Michael Zerbes was a 400 metre runner who competed at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, where he reached the second round of the individual 400 and was eliminated in the heats of the 4x400 relay. At the 1966 Europeans he won a bronze medal with the relay and was eliminated in the second round of the 400. At the European Cups in 1967 and 1970 he again placed third with the relay. In 1968 he earned his only East German title over 400.

His mother Liselotte Brückner was a well-known high and long jumper in the 1930s. His brother Dr. Helmut Robert Zerbes, a former 400 runner as well, became a doctor of Sports Medicine, and was a nutritionist at the former Central Institute of Sports Medicine in Kreischa, later acting as head of the Institute of Sports and Rehabilitation Medicine in Dresden. After reunification Helmut Zerbes became the physician for race walkers in the German Athletics Association (DLV). Michael Zerbes was also a physician.

Personal Best: 400 – 45.6 (1968).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1968 Summer Olympics Athletics GDR Michael Zerbes
400 metres, Men (Olympic) 6 h4 r2/4
4 × 400 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) East Germany 4 h1 r1/2

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