Full name: Peter Frenkel
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: East Germany
Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)
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).
|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|