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Wolfgang Schmidt

Full name: Wolfgang Schmidt
Gender: Male
Height: 6-6 (199 cm)
Weight: 254 lbs (115 kg)
Born: January 16, 1954 in Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Affiliations: SC Dynamo Berlin, Berlin (GER)
Country: GDR East Germany
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Discus thrower Wolfgang Schmidt won a discus silver at the 1976 Montréal Olympic Games and came in fourth four years later in Moskva. He won the 1977 and 1979 World Cups. At the European Championships he was eighth in 1974, won gold in 1978 (adding a bronze in the shot), and added a bronze in 1990, competing by then for West Germany. Schmidt won the European Cup in 1975, 1977 and 1979. He was East German national champion for six consecutive years 1975-80. At the last international match before reunification between the former GDR and West Germany, in 1988, East German winner [Jürgen Schult] caused an uproar when he did not accept congratulations from Schmidt. In 1992 Schmidt won the West German Championship.

Schmidt made headlines in 1982 when he planned his escape to West Germany, but was betrayed and sentenced to prison for 1½ years. After his release, he was given a job as a coach in the Stasi-regulated Wachregiment of Adlershof and applied for immigration papers, which were deliberately delayed until the end of 1987, so that he could not compete at the 1988 Seoul Olympics for West Germany. His story was later written by William Oscar Johnson and Anita Verschoth, entitled Thrown Free. Schmidt eventually immigrated to the United States and worked as a stock exchange and management consultant.

Personal Best: DT – 71.16 (1978).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1976 Summer 22 Montréal Athletics Men's Discus Throw East Germany GDR 2 Silver
1980 Summer 26 Moskva Athletics Men's Discus Throw East Germany GDR 4

Men's Discus Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD
1976 Summer 22 Montréal Athletics East Germany Final Round 2 66.22
1976 Summer 22 Montréal Athletics East Germany Final Round Round One 1 63.68
1976 Summer 22 Montréal Athletics East Germany Final Round Round Two 4 foul 63.68
1976 Summer 22 Montréal Athletics East Germany Final Round Round Three 3 65.16 65.16
1976 Summer 22 Montréal Athletics East Germany Final Round Round Four 3 foul 65.16
1976 Summer 22 Montréal Athletics East Germany Final Round Round Five 3 63.96 65.16
1976 Summer 22 Montréal Athletics East Germany Final Round Round Six NP 66.22
1976 Summer 22 Montréal Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round 3 QU 63.14
1976 Summer 22 Montréal Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 3 63.14
1976 Summer 22 Montréal Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A Round One 3 63.14
1976 Summer 22 Montréal Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A Round Two 3 pass 63.14
1976 Summer 22 Montréal Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A Round Three NP pass
1980 Summer 26 Moskva Athletics East Germany Final Round 4 65.64
1980 Summer 26 Moskva Athletics East Germany Final Round Round One NP foul
1980 Summer 26 Moskva Athletics East Germany Final Round Round Two 7 61.60 61.60
1980 Summer 26 Moskva Athletics East Germany Final Round Round Three 2 65.30 65.30
1980 Summer 26 Moskva Athletics East Germany Final Round Round Four 3 65.64 65.64
1980 Summer 26 Moskva Athletics East Germany Final Round Round Five 3 65.34 65.64
1980 Summer 26 Moskva Athletics East Germany Final Round Round Six NP foul
1980 Summer 26 Moskva Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round 8 QU 62.46
1980 Summer 26 Moskva Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Round One 5 62.46
1980 Summer 26 Moskva Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Round Two 7 pass 62.46
1980 Summer 26 Moskva Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Round Three NP pass
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