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Peter Frenkel

Full name: Peter Frenkel
Gender: Male
Height: 6'0" (182 cm)
Weight: 165 lbs (75 kg)
Born: May 13, 1939 in Eckartsberga, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany
Affiliations: ASK Vorwärts Potsdam, Potsdam (GER)
Country: GDR East Germany
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Peter Frenkel specialized in the 20 km walk, and was the best East German walker of the later 1960s and early 1970s. He recorded two World Records, 1-25:50 in 1970, and 1-25:19.4 in 1972. In addition to his Olympic performances, winning the gold medal in 1972 and the bronze medal in 1976, he placed fourth at the 1971 European Championships. Frenkel was world-ranked #1 in both 1970 and 1972.

Frenkel later studied photography from 1972-76 and became a freelance photographer, exhibiting his photos in Germany and foreign countries, and serving as a lecturer for photography at the Rhein-Sieg-Kunstakademie in Hennef. Frenkel became a member of the German NOC in 1990, was the spokesman of the German Olympians Association (GOD) and a member of the German Artists Association. Later he became press secretary of his renamed home club OSC Potsdam.

Personal Best\: 20kmW – 1-23:30 (1974).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Summer 29 Ciudad de México Athletics Men's 20 kilometres Walk East Germany GDR 10
1972 Summer 33 München Athletics Men's 20 kilometres Walk East Germany GDR 1 Gold OR
1976 Summer 37 Montréal Athletics Men's 20 kilometres Walk East Germany GDR 3 Bronze

Men's 20 kilometres Walk

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1968 Summer 29 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Final Standings 10 1-37:20.8
1972 Summer 33 München Athletics East Germany Final Standings 1 OR 1-26:42.4
1976 Summer 37 Montréal Athletics East Germany Final Standings 3 1-25:29.4