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Eckart Berkes

Full name: Eckart Berkes
Gender: Male
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: February 9, 1949 in Worms, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
Affiliations: Universitätssportclub Mainz, Mainz (GER)
Country: FRG West Germany
Sport: Athletics

Biography

Eckart Berkes won the 1971 European Indoor Championships in the 60 m hurdles and was eliminated in the second round in 1973. In 1969 he was chosen for the 110 m hurdles at the European Championships, but could not start due to the West German boycott. In 1973 he won the German championship in the 110 m hurdles, having placed second in 1972. He later studied sports and became a graduate sports teacher.

Berkes had an unusual career with many bizarre stories about it. In 1980 he won the Egyptian pole vault title, although little is known about the circumstances. In 1971 he set an Indian all-comers record in the 110 hurdles at the Indian All-Comers Championships. The event was held on a lawn ground, with the athletes digging starting holes with a spade, as had been common prior to the 1930s. The starter was a Sikh, who shot with a real gun. Berkes asked him after the race, whether he had shot with live ammunition, after which the Sikh showed him by blasting a hole into the ground next to him, creating a real crater, and a stone flew up and struck the Berkes on the lower leg, causing a bleeding wound.

Personal Best: 110H – 13.8 (1969).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Summer 23 München Athletics Men's 110 metres Hurdles West Germany FRG 4 h1 r1/3

Men's 110 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1972 Summer 23 München Athletics West Germany Round One Heat One 4 14.14 5