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Goetz Klopfer

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameGoetz Heinrich•Klopfer
Used nameGoetz•Klopfer
Born25 June 1942 in Merseburg, Sachsen-Anhalt (GER)
Measurements167 cm / 59 kg
AffiliationsAthens Athletic Club, Oakland (USA)
NOC United States


Goetz Klopfer was a long-distance walker who competed in two Olympic Games and twice at the Pan American Games. In 1967 he won bronze in the 50 km. walk and in 1971 he won the gold medal in the 20 km. walk at the PanAms. Klopfer was an aerospace engineer who worked for NASA.

Personal Bests: 20kmW – 1-32:24 (1969); 50kmW – 4-18:28 (1968).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1968 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Goetz Klopfer
50 kilometres Walk, Men (Olympic) 10
1972 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Goetz Klopfer
20 kilometres Walk, Men (Olympic) 19

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