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Heinz Erbstößer

Full name: Heinz Erbstößer
Nickname(s): Erbse
Gender: Male
Height: 5'9" (174 cm)
Weight: 159 lbs (72 kg)
Born: March 14, 1940 in Torgau, Sachsen, Germany
Affiliations: SC Leipzig, Leipzig (GER)
Country: GER Germany, GDR East Germany
Sport: Athletics

Biography

East German Heinz Erbstößer, nicknamed “Wild Pea (Erbse),” started his sports carreer as a football player before becoming a sprinter. He was a member of the all-German 4x100 relay team at the 1964 Olympics and the East German 4x100 relay team at their first Olympic Games in 1968 in Mexico. His best Olympic performance was fifth place in the 1968 4x100 relay. He also participated in the 1966 European Championships and the 1965 and 1967 European Cup. Domestically he collected 20 East German titles in the sprint distances of 100 and 200 metres and in different relay distances. In Mexico City the East German 4x100 relay team twice bettered the European Record, but lost it in the final to the French squad. The same year he was the first East German sprinter under 10.2 in the 100 m.

Erbstößer was educated as a chemical technician and became a scientific member of the research center at the Deutsche Hochschule für Körperkultur (German Academy for Physical Culture) at Leipzig.

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.28 (1968); 200 – 20.8 (1968).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Athletics Men's 200 metres Germany GER 5 h5 r1/4
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay Germany GER 5 h2 r2/3
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics Men's 100 metres East Germany GDR 5 h2 r2/4
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay East Germany GDR 5

Men's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Quarter-Finals Heat Two 5 10.2 10.28
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Round One Heat Five 2 QU 10.4 10.42

Men's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Athletics Germany Round One Heat Five 5 21.4 21,40

Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Athletics Germany GER Semi-Finals Heat Two 5 40.1 40,16
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Athletics Germany GER Round One Heat Two 3 QU 40.2 40,21
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany GDR Final 5 38.6 38.66 4
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany GDR Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 38.7 38.72
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany GDR Round One Heat Three 1 QU 38.9 38.93