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Gustav-Adolf Schur

Full name: Gustav-Adolf Schur
Nickname(s): Täve
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8.5 (175 cm)
Weight: 161 lbs (73 kg)
Born: February 23, 1931 in Heyrothsberge, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany
Affiliations: SC DHfK, Leipzig (GER)
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Cycling

Related Olympians: Father of Jan Schur.

Medals: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

One of the most popular East German athletes ever, Gustav-Adolf “Täve” Schur was the greatest road cyclist produced by the former Eastern bloc nation. He started his career in 1953 with the Aufbau Börde Magdeburg club, but rode from 1956 to the end of his career for the Sportclub Deutsche Hochschule für Körperkultur Leipzig. He was so popular that from 1953-61 he was voted East German Athlete of the Year for nine consecutive years. Schur first came to international prominence in 1955, winning the Peace Race, at the time the top stage race for amateurs, and he repeated that title in 1959. In 1958-59 he became the first cyclist to defend the amateur world championship road race, placing second in 1960 when he allowed his teammate, Bernhard Eckstein, through for the win. At the Olympics Schur won a bronze medal in 1956 in the team road race, and a silver in 1960 in the team time trial, although his son, Jan, won a gold medal at the 1988 Olympics in the team time trial. Schur won 14 East German titles on the road and in the individual time trial, won the Tour of East Germany in 1953-54, 1959, and 1961, the Tour du Harz in 1955-56 and 1959-60, the Tour Around Berlin in 1951 and the Tour du Sachsenring in 1958.

At the time of German unification, Schur was voted the greatest ever East German athlete. Also active politically, he was a member of the Volkskammer, the East German Parliament, from 1959-90, and after unification, was a member of the German Bundestag from 1998-2002.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 25 Melbourne Cycling Men's Road Race, Individual Germany GER 5
1956 Summer 25 Melbourne Cycling Men's Road Race, Team Germany GER 3 Bronze
1960 Summer 29 Roma Cycling Men's Road Race, Individual Germany GER 23
1960 Summer 29 Roma Cycling Men's 100 kilometres Team Time Trial Germany GER 2 Silver

Men's Road Race, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank M T
1956 Summer 25 Melbourne Cycling Germany Final Standings 5 at 1:59
1960 Summer 29 Roma Cycling Germany Final Standings 23 at 0:20

Men's Road Race, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank TP
1956 Summer 25 Melbourne Cycling Germany GER Final Standings 3 5

Men's 100 kilometres Team Time Trial

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1960 Summer 29 Roma Cycling Germany GER Final Standings 2 2-16:56.31
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