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Helmut Janz

Full name: Helmut Janz
Gender: Male
Height: 5-9.5 (177 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: April 11, 1934 in Gladbeck, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Died: November 19, 2000 in Neu-Ulm-Pful, Schwaben, Bayern, Germany
Affiliations: VfL Gladbeck, Gladbeck (GER)
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Athletics

Biography

Helmut Janz won seven consecutive German Championships in the 400 hurdles (1957-63), was Rudolf-Harbig-Gedächtnispreisträger (1963), and was also awarded the Silver Bay Leaf in 1960 and the Sports Badge of North Rhine Westfalia in 1962. At the 1960 Roma Olympics he placed fourth but set a European record with 49.9. When he came down the stretch he was in the leading position, but then the three Americans Glenn Davis, Cliff Cushman and Dick Howard passed him at the last hurdle, later calling this the most disappointing moment of his life. He won a bronze at the 1962 European Championships, after being eliminated in the second round in 1958.

Günter Janz, brother of Helmut Janz, was also a national successful middle-distance runner. Helmut was educated as a bricklayer, but later worked as a sports and soccer teacher.

Personal Bests\: 400 – 47.8 (1960); 800 – 1:51.9 (1961); 1000 – 2:26.0 (1957); 1500 – 3:59.4i (1959); 5000 – 16:04.6 (1968); 110H – 15.5 (1961 and 1962); 200H – 23.9 (1960); 400H – 50.5 (1960).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 26 Roma Athletics Men's 400 metres Hurdles Germany GER 4

Men's 400 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1960 Summer 26 Roma Athletics Germany Final 4 49.9 50.05 2
1960 Summer 26 Roma Athletics Germany Semi-Finals Heat One 3 QU 51.4 51.55
1960 Summer 26 Roma Athletics Germany Round One Heat Five 1 QU 51.1 51.30
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