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Martin Jellinghaus

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameMartin•Jellinghaus
Used nameMartin•Jellinghaus
Born26 October 1944 in Lauf an der Pegnitz, Bayern (GER)
Measurements187 cm / 83 kg
AffiliationsBayer Leverkusen, Leverkusen (GER)
NOC West Germany


Sprinter Martin Jellinghaus placed fifth in the 400 and won a bronze medal in the 4x400 relay, where the German team set a European record at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games. Four years later in München he came in seventh in the 200. With the 4x400 relay he also won a bronze medal at the 1969 European Championships and a gold medal in 1971. Domestically Jellinghaus won nine West German titles in the 200, 400, and both relays.

At the 1969 European Championships Jellinghaus was the outspoken leader of the West German team concerning the West German boycott. When former GDR-runner Jürgen May was nominated for these Championships for the West German team, former GDR officials successfully protested against his nomination, which led to the West German boycott, and the team eventually only participated in the relays. Jellinghaus studied dentistry and later practiced as a dentist in his hometown Nuremberg. In 1968, he was awarded the Silver Bay Leaf.

Personal Bests: 200 – 20.65 (1972); 400 – 45.06 (1968).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1968 Summer Olympics Athletics FRG Martin Jellinghaus
400 metres, Men (Olympic) 5
4 × 400 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) West Germany 3 Bronze
1972 Summer Olympics Athletics FRG Martin Jellinghaus
200 metres, Men (Olympic) 7
4 × 400 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) West Germany DNS

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