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Robert Ihly

Full name: Robert Ihly
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8.5 (174 cm)
Weight: 141 lbs (64 kg)
Born: May 5, 1963 in Asbest, Sverdlovsk, Russia
Affiliations: LG Offenburg, Offenburg (GER)
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Athletics

Biography

Soviet-born race walker Robert Ihly was a three-time Olympian in 1992-2000. He placed 11th over 20 km in 1992, 17th in 1992 and withdrew from the 50 km in 2000 after 30 km due to a knee injury. He was disappointed on all three occasions as his preparations did not fit the climates of the three Olympic races. In Barcelona it was too hot, in Atlanta too cold and in Sydney he had to deal with knee problems. Much more successful were his appearances at the World Championships, placing 6th (1991), 7th (1993), 14th (1995), and 11th (1997) over 20 km, as well as 6th in 1999 in the 50 km. Ihly also competed in the European Championships in 1990, 1994 and 1998. Domestically Ihly won 20 km titles in 1990-93, and 1996-97, 50 km titles in 1989-90, and 1998-99, and 5 km indoor titles in 1990 and 1997.

Ihly grew up in Kyrgyzstan and trained in Alma Ata (Kazakhstan) until he immigrated to West Germany in 1989 together with his parents and his brother. He had studied water construction engineering in the former Soviet Union and worked as a freelancer in the construction industry in Germany. Beside his day job he was still involved in race walking as the Regional Chief Coach of Baden.

Personal Bests\: 20kmW – 1-19:59 (1992); 50kmW – 3-49:22 (1999).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1992 Summer 29 Barcelona Athletics Men's 20 kilometres Walk Germany GER 11
1996 Summer 33 Atlanta Athletics Men's 20 kilometres Walk Germany GER 17
2000 Summer 37 Sydney Athletics Men's 50 kilometres Walk Germany GER AC DNF

Men's 20 kilometres Walk

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1992 Summer 29 Barcelona Athletics Germany Final Standings 11 1-26:56
1996 Summer 33 Atlanta Athletics Germany Final Standings 17 1-23:47

Men's 50 kilometres Walk

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
2000 Summer 37 Sydney Athletics Germany Final Standings AC DNF
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