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Wolfgang Nordwig

Full name: Wolfgang Nordwig
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (184 cm)
Weight: 161 lbs (73 kg)
Born: August 27, 1943 in Siegmar, Sachsen, Germany
Affiliations: Tus Jena, Jena (GER)
Country: GDR East Germany
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

At the 1972 München Olympic Games pole vaulter Wolfgang Nordwig became the first non-US pole vaulter to win Olympic gold, when defending champion [Bob Seagren] was handicapped by a last minute IAAF ruling which forced him to change his pole and he failed to retain his Olympic title. Frenchman [Fernand Gonder] won gold in 1906, but these Games are still not officially approved by the IOC. Four years earlier Nordwig had won the bronze medal in Mexico City. His brothers Reinhard and Reinhard Hans-Jürgen were middle distance runners in the former GDR.

As Olympic champion Nordwig was elected Sportsman of the Year in East Germany and retired that same year. Domestically he won eight consecutive national titles from 1965-72, also winning indoors in 1964-66, and 1969-72. He was European Champion in 1966, 1969, and 1971, and also won European Cups in 1965, 1967 and 1970. Indoors Nordwig won another four golds and two bronzes. In 1970 and 1971 he set three world records with 5.40, 5.45, and 5.46.

With several degrees as an engineer, physicist and a doctorate in economics, Nordwig worked in the Kombinat VEB Carl Zeiss Jena and was director of research and development. In the early 1990s he left Thuringia and became manager of a travel company in Berlin.

Personal Best\: PV – 5.50 (1972).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Athletics Men's Pole Vault East Germany GDR 3 Bronze OR
1972 Summer 28 München Athletics Men's Pole Vault East Germany GDR 1 Gold OR

Men's Pole Vault

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank BHC MBHC TMBHC TABHC C/F/P
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Final Round 3 OR 5.40 2 3 8
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Final Round 4.60 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Final Round 4.80 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Final Round 4.90 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Final Round 5.00 metres 7 xo 1 1 2 5.00
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Final Round 5.05 metres 9 p 1 1 2 5.00
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Final Round 5.10 metres 11 p 1 1 2 5.00
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Final Round 5.15 metres 11 p 1 1 2 5.00
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Final Round 5.20 metres 3 OR o 0 1 3 5.20
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Final Round 5.25 metres 5 p 0 1 3 5.20
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Final Round 5.30 metres 1T OR o 0 1 4 5.30
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Final Round 5.35 metres 1 OR o 0 1 5 5.35
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Final Round 5.40 metres 3 =OR xxo 2 3 8 5.40
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Final Round 5.45 metres 2 xxx 2 3 8 5.40
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round 1T QU 4.90 0 0 1
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 1T 4.90 0 0 1
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 4.60 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 4.70 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 4.75 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 4.80 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 4.85 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 4.90 metres 1T o 0 0 1 4.90
1972 Summer 28 München Athletics East Germany Final Round 1 OR 5.50 2 4 10
1972 Summer 28 München Athletics East Germany Final Round 4.80 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1972 Summer 28 München Athletics East Germany Final Round 5.00 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1972 Summer 28 München Athletics East Germany Final Round 5.10 metres 1T o 0 0 1 5.10
1972 Summer 28 München Athletics East Germany Final Round 5.20 metres 7T 5.10 0 0 1 p
1972 Summer 28 München Athletics East Germany Final Round 5.30 metres 2 xo 1 1 3 5.30
1972 Summer 28 München Athletics East Germany Final Round 5.35 metres 2 o 0 1 4 5.35
1972 Summer 28 München Athletics East Germany Final Round 5.40 metres 1 =OR xo 1 2 6 5.40
1972 Summer 28 München Athletics East Germany Final Round 5.45 metres 1 OR o 0 2 7 5.45
1972 Summer 28 München Athletics East Germany Final Round 5.50 metres 1 OR xxo 2 4 10 5.50
1972 Summer 28 München Athletics East Germany Final Round 5.56 metres 1 xxx 2 4 10 5.50
1972 Summer 28 München Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round 1T QU 5.10 0 0 1
1972 Summer 28 München Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 1T 5.10 0 0 1
1972 Summer 28 München Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 4.80 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1972 Summer 28 München Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 5.00 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1972 Summer 28 München Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 5.10 metres 1T o 0 0 1 5.10
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