Full name: Eckart Berkes
Height: 5-10.5 (180 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: February 9, 1949 in Worms, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
Affiliations: Universitätssportclub Mainz, Mainz (GER)
Country: West Germany
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. The same year he was eliminated in the heats over 110 m hurdles at the Munich Olympics. 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).
|1972 Summer||23||München||Athletics||Men's 110 metres Hurdles||West Germany||FRG||4 h1 r1/3|
|1972 Summer||23||München||Athletics||West Germany||Round One||Heat One||4||14.14||5|