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Volker Beck

Full name: Volker Beck
Gender: Male
Height: 6-3 (191 cm)
Weight: 181 lbs (82 kg)
Born: June 30, 1956 in Nordhausen, Thüringen, Germany
Affiliations: SC Turbine Erfurt, Erfurt (GER)
Country: GDR East Germany
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Volker Beck later became coach of LG Frankfurt and in 2001 was national coach for the German Track & Field Association DLV for the 400-meter hurdles. In 1977 he became the first German to ran the 400 hurdles under 49 seconds. He is the only German Olympic Champion over 400 m hurdles (as of 2014), mainly because Edwin Moses could not start in Moscow in 1980 due to the US-led boycott. There he also won the silver medal in the 4x400 metres relay. Beck never started in the World or European Championships but won the 1977 and 1981 European Cup. He was also East German champion in the indoor 400 m in 1975, 1980 and 1982 and in the 400 m hurdles in 1980, 1981 and 1983.

Personal Bests\: 400 – 45.50 (1977); 400H – 48.58 (1979).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1980 Summer 24 Moskva Athletics Men's 400 metres Hurdles East Germany GDR 1 Gold
1980 Summer 24 Moskva Athletics Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay East Germany GDR 2 Silver

Men's 400 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1980 Summer 24 Moskva Athletics East Germany Final 1 48.70 8
1980 Summer 24 Moskva Athletics East Germany Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 50.36 7
1980 Summer 24 Moskva Athletics East Germany Round One Heat One 3 QU 50.35 6

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) ST
1980 Summer 24 Moskva Athletics East Germany GDR Final 2 3:01.3 3:01.26 45,4
1980 Summer 24 Moskva Athletics East Germany GDR Round One Heat Two 1 QU 3:03.4
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