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Eckart Berkes

Full name: Eckart Berkes
Nickname(s): Eckes
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10.5 (180 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: February 9, 1949 in Worms, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
Died: September 24, 2014 in Leimen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Affiliations: Universitätssportclub Mainz, Mainz (GER)
Country: FRG West Germany
Sport: Athletics

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Biography

Eckart Berkes started his athletic career at age 15, initially starting for USC Mainz. In 1969 he was chosen for the 110 metre hurdles at the European Championships, but could not start due to the West German boycott. He won the 1971 European Indoor Championships in the 60 m hurdles and was eliminated in the second round in 1973. In 1973 he won the German championship in the high hurdles, having placed second in 1972. At the München Olympics in 1972 he was eliminated in the heats of the 110 hurdles, suffering from a bout of nephritis. 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 in Cairo, where he had visited the National Championships by chance and was asked to participate as a track and field athlete. 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 1940s. 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 large crater, from which a stone flew up and struck the Berkes on the lower leg, causing a bleeding wound.

Personal Best\: 110H – 13.8 (1969/1970).

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
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