Full name: Hartwig Gauder
Height: 6'1" (186 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: November 10, 1954 in Vaihingen an der Enz, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Affiliations: SC Turbine Erfurt, Erfurt (GER) / TSV Erfurt, Erfurt (GER)
Country: East Germany, Germany
Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)
Hartwig Gauder, whose fourth Olympic participation was prevented by the Soviet-led boycott in 1984, grew up in Vaihingen an der Enz, West Germany, but his family moved to East Germany in 1960 when they inherited a house at Ilmenau, Thüringen. As an East German walker, he was World Champion in the 50 km. in 1987 and European Champion in 1986. Walking for Germany, he won a bronze medal in the 1991 World Championship 50 km. Gauder was world-ranked in the top 10 every year from 1980-1992, save 1989, and was ranked #1 in 1980, and 1985-1987.
In 1995 he was found to have a viral heart infection, causing cardiomyopathy. After living with an artificial heart for several months, he received a heart transplant. Since the heart transplant, he has taken part in the New York Marathon several times, ironically once being disqualified from the race. As a disabled participant, due to his transplant, he was disqualified for bettering the minimum time. His recovery from near-death to a normal life was covered in a documentary shown on the German documentary channel Phoenix. In 2003 he climbed Mount Fuji, Japan's highest mountain.
Personal Best: 50kmW – 3-39:45 (1988).
|1980 Summer||25||Moskva||Athletics||Men's 50 kilometres Walk||East Germany||GDR||1||Gold||OB|
|1988 Summer||33||Seoul||Athletics||Men's 50 kilometres Walk||East Germany||GDR||3||Bronze|
|1992 Summer||37||Barcelona||Athletics||Men's 50 kilometres Walk||Germany||GER||6|