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Gerhard Weidner

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameGerhard•Weidner
Used nameGerhard•Weidner
Born15 March 1933 in Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt (GER)
Died25 September 2021 in Salzgitter, Niedersachsen (GER)
Measurements170 cm / 70 kg
AffiliationsTSV Salzgitter, Salzgitter (GER)
NOC West Germany

Biography

Race walker Gerhard Weidner was a three-time Olympian (1968-76) finishing 14th, 6th, and 18th. He participated in the 1976 Worlds, and the European Championships in 1966, 1971, 1974, and 1978. He was also nominated for the 1969 Europeans, but could not start due to the scandal and West German boycott concerning former East German middle-distance runner Jürgen May. Weidner claimed eight West German championships over different distances, and set three world records in 1973 and 1974 over 20 miles, 30 miles, and 50 kilometres. In 1979 he was awarded the Silver Bay Leaf and the Rudolf Harbig Memorial Award. He trained as a plumber and later worked as a house inspector.

Personal Bests: 20kmW – 1-27:40 (1976); 50kmW – 4-00:27t (1973).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1968 Summer Olympics Athletics FRG Gerhard Weidner
50 kilometres Walk, Men (Olympic) 14
1972 Summer Olympics Athletics FRG Gerhard Weidner
50 kilometres Walk, Men (Olympic) 6
1976 Summer Olympics Athletics FRG Gerhard Weidner
20 kilometres Walk, Men (Olympic) 18