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Hans-Joachim Walde

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 1
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameHans-Joachim•Walde
Used nameHans-Joachim•Walde
Born28 June 1942 in Szklary Górne, Dolnośląskie (POL)
Died18 April 2013 in Jever, Niedersachsen (GER)
Measurements191 cm / 89 kg
AffiliationsUSC Mainz, Mainz (GER)
NOC Germany West Germany
Nationality West Germany


Dr. med. Hans-Joachim Walde was a West German decathlon star who competed in three Olympic Games, medaled twice and was world ranked on five occasions. A product of legendary coach Friedel Schirmer, Walde won the bronze medal at the 1964 Tokyo Games behind teammate Willi Holdorf. He was 1967 Universiade champion, then, representing “West” Germany he captured the silver medal at the 1968 Olympic Games behind Bill Toomey. In 1969 he was nominated for the European Championships but due to the West German boycott could not start. He failed to finish at the 1972 Munich Games. He competed for the club USC Mainz and his PR score was 8,122 (1962 tables) and 8,094 (1985 tables). Domestically Walde won national decathlon titles in 1964 and 1969, and was runner-up in 1968 and 1971. His only world record was set in 1970 in the heptathlon. For his sports achievements he was awarded the Silver Bay Leaf in 1965, and for several years he was the athlete’s speaker of the German National Team. His son Hendrik also became a successful national-level decathlete.

At the age of three, Walde fled with his mother from Dresden where they had survived the disastrous bombing raid of the allied troops. He later became an orthopaedic surgeon. In his medical studies he started as a trauma surgeon but later switched to sports medicine, specializing in shoulder surgery, and was a member of the German Shoulder and Elbow Society (DVSW). Walde became the director of sports medicine at Northwest Hospital in Frisian Sanderbusch, Lower Saxony.

Personal Best: Dec – 8094 (1968).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1964 Summer Olympics Athletics GER FRG Hans-Joachim Walde
Decathlon, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
1968 Summer Olympics Athletics FRG Hans-Joachim Walde
Decathlon, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
1972 Summer Olympics Athletics FRG Hans-Joachim Walde
Decathlon, Men (Olympic) AC

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