Lutz Philipp

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameLutz•Philipp
Used nameLutz•Philipp
Born14 October 1940 in Kaliningrad, Kaliningrad (RUS)
Died1 February 2012 in Darmstadt, Hessen (GER)
Measurements178 cm / 69 kg
AffiliationsLBV Phönix, Lübeck (GER) / ASC Darmstadt, Darmstadt (GER)
NOC Germany West Germany
Nationality West Germany


Lutz Philipp was one of the most successful long distance runners in West Germany in the 1960s and 70s. He was eliminated in the heats of the 5K at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, finished 24th in the 10K in 1968 and 32nd in the 1972 München marathon. He participated in the 1966 Europeans in the 10K (12th), and the 1971 Europeans in the marathon. All-in-all Philipp collected 24 national titles over different distances. In 1972, at the age of 32, he ran a world’s best at the Manchester Marathon in 2-12:50. As one of the favorites for the München marathon, he lost his motivation after the terrorist attacks by the “Black September” organization. Philipp was educated as a teacher for mathematics and sports and married middle distance runner Ursula Neumann. His brother Udo also was a nationally successful middle- and long-distance runner. Lutz Philipp died after a long illness in 2012 from blood cancer.

Personal Bests: 5000 – 13:44.0 (1965); 10000 – 28:23.4 (1970); Mar – 2-12:50 (1972).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1964 Summer Olympics Athletics GER FRG Lutz Philipp
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 8 h1 r1/2
1968 Summer Olympics Athletics FRG Lutz Philipp
10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 23
1972 Summer Olympics Athletics FRG Lutz Philipp
Marathon, Men (Olympic) 32

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