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Gerd Bonk

Full name: Gerd Bonk
Gender: Male
Height: 6'2" (187 cm)
Weight: 142-151 kg
Born: August 26, 1951 in Limbach, Vogtland, Sachsen, Germany
Affiliations: SC Karl-Marx-Stadt, Chemnitz (GER)
Country: GDR East Germany
Sport: Weightlifting

Medals: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Gerd Bonk was one of the top super-heavyweight lifters of the 1970s, winning multiple medals at international championships, but he was unlucky in competing most of his career against Vasily Alekseyev, which prevented him from winning many major titles. He did win the 1976 and 1979 European title. He was runner-up at the 1975 and 1976 Worlds, and won bronzes in 1972, 1978, and 1979. At the European Championships, Bonk added silvers in 1974-75, and bronzes in 1972, 1978, and 1980. He set three unlimited world records from 1975-76 – two in the clean & jerk and one in the total.

At the East German Championships he won the 1971, 1973-77 and 1979 titles, adding another 15 titles in the single disciplines. Although Gerd Bonk won the bronze medal at the 1980 European Championships, he was not nominated for the Games in Moscow, and then retired back to his home town Limbach / Vogtland. The educated motorcar mechanic and industrial master for motorcars then became an early-retired pensioner and is considered one of the most famous victims of the GDR doping practice in competitive sports. In 2002 he was awarded the Georg von Opel Award for Silent Winners in the category "Special Warriors."

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Summer 21 München Weightlifting Men's Super-Heavyweight East Germany GDR 3 Bronze
1976 Summer 24 Montréal Weightlifting Men's Super-Heavyweight East Germany GDR 2 Silver

Men's Super-Heavyweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank K S/F
1972 Summer 21 München Weightlifting East Germany GDR Final Standings 3 572.5
1972 Summer 21 München Weightlifting East Germany GDR Military Press 5T 200.0
1972 Summer 21 München Weightlifting East Germany GDR Military Press Lift #1 AC 190.0 x
1972 Summer 21 München Weightlifting East Germany GDR Military Press Lift #2 AC 190.0 o
1972 Summer 21 München Weightlifting East Germany GDR Military Press Lift #3 AC 200.0 o
1972 Summer 21 München Weightlifting East Germany GDR Snatch 7 155.0
1972 Summer 21 München Weightlifting East Germany GDR Snatch Lift #1 AC 150.0 o
1972 Summer 21 München Weightlifting East Germany GDR Snatch Lift #2 AC 155.0 o
1972 Summer 21 München Weightlifting East Germany GDR Snatch Lift #3 AC 160.0 x
1972 Summer 21 München Weightlifting East Germany GDR Clean & Jerk 2 217.5
1972 Summer 21 München Weightlifting East Germany GDR Clean & Jerk Lift #1 AC 210.0 o
1972 Summer 21 München Weightlifting East Germany GDR Clean & Jerk Lift #2 AC 217.5 x
1972 Summer 21 München Weightlifting East Germany GDR Clean & Jerk Lift #3 AC 217.5 o
1976 Summer 24 Montréal Weightlifting East Germany GDR Final Standings 2 405.0
1976 Summer 24 Montréal Weightlifting East Germany GDR Snatch 3 170.0
1976 Summer 24 Montréal Weightlifting East Germany GDR Snatch Lift #1 AC 165.0 o
1976 Summer 24 Montréal Weightlifting East Germany GDR Snatch Lift #2 AC 170.0 o
1976 Summer 24 Montréal Weightlifting East Germany GDR Snatch Lift #3 AC 172.5 x
1976 Summer 24 Montréal Weightlifting East Germany GDR Clean & Jerk 2 235.0
1976 Summer 24 Montréal Weightlifting East Germany GDR Clean & Jerk Lift #1 AC 222.5 o
1976 Summer 24 Montréal Weightlifting East Germany GDR Clean & Jerk Lift #2 AC 227.5 o
1976 Summer 24 Montréal Weightlifting East Germany GDR Clean & Jerk Lift #3 AC 235.0 o