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Gerd Wessig

Full name: Gerd Wessig
Gender: Male
Height: 6-6.5 (200 cm)
Weight: 181 lbs (82 kg)
Born: July 16, 1959 in Lübz, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany
Affiliations: Schweriner SC, Schwerin (GER)
Country: GDR East Germany
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Gerd Wessig had his greatest sports moment winning the high jump gold medal at the 1980 Moskva Olympics with a world record of 2.36 metres. At the 1989 World Cup he came in fourth, and he was seventh at the 1986 European Championships. In 1985 he placed second at the European Cup, finishing third in 1987 and fourth in 1989. Wessig won East German titles in 1980, 1984-86, and 1988-89, adding indoor titles in 1980, 1984-85, and 1987. During his sports career he also tried decathlon with limited success. After German reunification his name was found in the documents concerning systematic doping abuse in the former GDR.

Wessig was married to non-Olympian long jumper Christine Schima, and their son Daniel Wessig became a youth national for Germany. By profession, Wessig trained as a cook, but after reunification became a sales manager for a sports article producing company.

Personal Best: HJ – 2.36 (1980).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Athletics Men's High Jump East Germany GDR 1 Gold WR

Men's High Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank BHC MBHC TMBHC TABHC C/F/P
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Athletics East Germany Final Round 1 WR 2.36 1 3 11
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Athletics East Germany Final Round 2.10 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Athletics East Germany Final Round 2.15 metres 1T o 0 0 1 2.15
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Athletics East Germany Final Round 2.18 metres 10T p 0 0 1 2.15
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Athletics East Germany Final Round 2.21 metres 1T o 0 0 2 2.21
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Athletics East Germany Final Round 2.24 metres 1 o 0 0 3 2.24
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Athletics East Germany Final Round 2.27 metres 1 OR o 0 0 4 2.27
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Athletics East Germany Final Round 2.29 metres 4 =OR xo 1 1 6 2.29
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Athletics East Germany Final Round 2.31 metres 1 OR o 0 1 7 2.31
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Athletics East Germany Final Round 2.33 metres 1 OR xo 1 2 9 2.33
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Athletics East Germany Final Round 2.36 metres 1 WR xo 1 3 11 2.36
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Athletics East Germany Final Round 2.38 metres 1 xxx 1 3 11 2.36
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round 2T QU 2.21 0 0 5
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 1T 2.21 0 0 5
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 2.05 metres 1T o 0 0 1 2.05
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 2.10 metres 5T o 0 0 2 2.10
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 2.15 metres 5T o 0 0 3 2.15
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 2.18 metres 4T o 0 0 4 2.18
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Athletics East Germany Qualifying Round Group A 2.21 metres 1T o 0 0 5 2.21
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