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Martin Lauer

Full name: Karl-Martin "Martin" Lauer
Gender: Male
Height: 6-1 (186 cm)
Weight: 168 lbs (76 kg)
Born: January 2, 1937 in Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Affiliations: ASV Köln, Köln (GER)
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Martin Lauer was a multi-talented athlete. At his best in the 110 hurdles, he was 1958 European Champion, and in July 1959, in Zürich, set a world record of 13.2 that was not broken until 1972. He was ranked in the world top 10 in the high hurdles from 1956-60, ranking #1 in 1959. His best year overall was 1959, as that year he also set his decathlon best, ranked second in the world in that event, and was elected German Sportsman of the Year. He competed in the decathlon at the 1956 Olympics, ranking fifth in the world that year. Lauer was a part of two relay world records in the 4x100, in 1958 in Köln and at the 1960 Olympics, both times helping German teams run 39.5.

After the 1960 Olympics his health was damaged by sepsis caused by a non-sterile injection, which almost caused the amputation of his left leg. While in hospital, his girlfriend and brother had a severe car accident on the way to visit him, she dying at once, and his brother several years later due to his injuries. He began a career as a country singer, recording more than 40 hits in the following years, selling more than 2 millions records. His single Taxi nach Paris was awarded the Silver Lion of Radio Luxembourg in 1964. He was at the 1964 Olympics as a journalist and at the 1972 Olympics, he was responsible for the timekeeping as a representative of the Junghans Company. He later made his living as a director of the German company Triumph Adler.

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.4 (1959); 200 – 21.1 (1959); 110H – 13.2 (1959); 400H – 51.2 (1958); Dec – 7478 (1959).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 19 Melbourne Athletics Men's 110 metres Hurdles Germany GER 4
1956 Summer 19 Melbourne Athletics Men's Decathlon Germany GER 5
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics Men's 110 metres Hurdles Germany GER 4
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay Germany GER 1 Gold

Men's 110 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1956 Summer 19 Melbourne Athletics Germany Final 4 14.5 14.67 6
1956 Summer 19 Melbourne Athletics Germany Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 14.4 14.57
1956 Summer 19 Melbourne Athletics Germany Round One Heat Four 1 QU 14.2 14.41
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics Germany Final 4 14.0 14.20 3
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics Germany Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 14.0 14.13
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics Germany Quarter-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 13.9 14.06
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics Germany Round One Heat One 1 QU 14.3 14.45

Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics Germany GER Final 1 =WR 39.5 39.66 5
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics Germany GER Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 39.7 39.88
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics Germany GER Round One Heat Three 1 QU/=WR 39.5 39.61

Men's Decathlon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank P(1952HT) P(1985HT) P(1985AT) T(H) T(A) D P(1952T) P(1985T) H
1956 Summer 19 Melbourne Athletics Germany Final Standings 5 6,853 6.910 6.914
1956 Summer 19 Melbourne Athletics Germany 100 metres 4 870 786 797 11.1 11.29
1956 Summer 19 Melbourne Athletics Germany 100 metres Heat Three 1 870 786 797 11.1 11.29
1956 Summer 19 Melbourne Athletics Germany Long jump 5 6.83 734 774
1956 Summer 19 Melbourne Athletics Germany Shot put 9 12.86 659 659
1956 Summer 19 Melbourne Athletics Germany High jump 6T 806 653 1.83
1956 Summer 19 Melbourne Athletics Germany 400 metres 1 OB 995 893 892 48.2 48.35
1956 Summer 19 Melbourne Athletics Germany 400 metres Heat Three 1 OB 995 893 892 48.2 48.35
1956 Summer 19 Melbourne Athletics Germany 110 metre hurdles 2 894 857 853 14.7 14.97
1956 Summer 19 Melbourne Athletics Germany 110 metre hurdles Heat One 1 894 857 853 14.7 14.97
1956 Summer 19 Melbourne Athletics Germany Discus throw 7 39.38 609 652
1956 Summer 19 Melbourne Athletics Germany Pole vault 13 364 381 3.10
1956 Summer 19 Melbourne Athletics Germany Javelin throw 10 50.66 540 598
1956 Summer 19 Melbourne Athletics Germany 1,500 metres 5 382 657 4:43.8 4:44.03
1956 Summer 19 Melbourne Athletics Germany 1,500 metres Heat One 1 382 657 4:43.8 4:44.03
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