Full name: Ralf Reichenbach
Height: 6-5.5 (198 cm)
Weight: 309 lbs (140 kg)
Born: July 31, 1950 in Wiesbaden, Hessen, Germany
Died: February 12, 1998 in Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Affiliations: OSC Berlin, Berlin (GER)
Country: West Germany
Shot putter Ralf Reichenbach was later educated as a management administrator, worked as a business consultant, and owned several fitness studios in his hometown of Berlin. During his active career he participated in the Olympics in München (13th), Montréal (failed the qualification), and was nominated for the 1980 Moskva Games, where he could not start due to the US-led boycott.
At the World Cup Reichenbach finished third (1977) and fourth (1981), at the European Championships eleventh (1971), won a 1974 silver medal, and failed to qualify in 1978. At European Cups he was third (1975, 1977, 1981) and second (1979). Indoors, Reichenbach placed sixth at the Europeans in 1971 and 1977. Domestically he claimed the West German titles from 1972-75, and 1977-81, also indoors in 1971 and 1977. In 1980, he was awarded the Silver Bay Leaf.
In 1998 Reichenbach died from cardiac related causes, aged only 47 years. He was an admitted long-term user of anabolic steroids, although it is not certain if his early death was related. Reichenbach had spoken out liberally that use of performance-enhancing drugs should be allowed for all athletes.
Personal Best\: SP – 21.51 (1980).
|1972 Summer||22||München||Athletics||Men's Shot Put||West Germany||FRG||13|
|1976 Summer||25||Montréal||Athletics||Men's Shot Put||West Germany||FRG||13 QR|
|1972 Summer||22||München||Athletics||West Germany||Final Round||13||19.48|
|1972 Summer||22||München||Athletics||West Germany||Final Round||Round One||12||19.48|
|1972 Summer||22||München||Athletics||West Germany||Final Round||Round Two||13||foul||19.48|
|1972 Summer||22||München||Athletics||West Germany||Final Round||Round Three||13||foul||19.48|
|1972 Summer||22||München||Athletics||West Germany||Qualifying Round||15||QU||19.14|
|1972 Summer||22||München||Athletics||West Germany||Qualifying Round||Group A||7||19.14|
|1972 Summer||22||München||Athletics||West Germany||Qualifying Round||Group A Round One||7||19.14|
|1972 Summer||22||München||Athletics||West Germany||Qualifying Round||Group A Round Two||7||pass||19.14|
|1972 Summer||22||München||Athletics||West Germany||Qualifying Round||Group A Round Three||NP||pass|
|1976 Summer||25||Montréal||Athletics||West Germany||Qualifying Round||13||19.31|
|1976 Summer||25||Montréal||Athletics||West Germany||Qualifying Round||Group B||7||19.31|
|1976 Summer||25||Montréal||Athletics||West Germany||Qualifying Round||Group B Round One||5||19.13|
|1976 Summer||25||Montréal||Athletics||West Germany||Qualifying Round||Group B Round Two||6||19.31||19.31|
|1976 Summer||25||Montréal||Athletics||West Germany||Qualifying Round||Group B Round Three||NP||18.56|