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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, mainly because Edwin Moses could not start in Moscow in 1980 due to the US-led boycott. 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