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Olaf Beyer

Full name: Olaf Beyer
Gender: Male
Height: 6-1 (186 cm)
Weight: 152 lbs (69 kg)
Born: August 4, 1957 in Grimma, Sachsen, Germany
Affiliations: ASK Vorwärts Potsdam, Potsdam (GER)
Country: GDR East Germany
Sport: Athletics


Coached originally by his father, Gunther, Olaf Beyer took part in several World Cups as follows\: 1977 – 800 (seventh), and 4×400 (fourth); 1979 – 800 (fourth); 1981 – 1500 (bronze); 1985 – 1500 (silver). He was 1978 European Champion in the 800, upsetting [Steve Ovett] and [Sebastian Coe], who placed second and third. Between 1976 and 1989 Beyer won 19 East German titles in various distances from 800 to the 4,000 m cross country and in the 4×400 relay. At the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games he was eliminated in the semifinals over 800 metres.

Olaf Beyer finished his coaching education in 1985 and also began working as a teacher of mathematics, physics, and computer science in Potsdam. He served as an instructor in the Bureau of the Athletics Federation of Brandenburg, and later trained and coached some outstanding middle distance runners such as non-Olympian Sascha Stephan and his own son Stefan.

Personal Best\: 800 – 1:43.84 (1978).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1980 Summer 22 Moskva Athletics Men's 800 metres East Germany GDR 4 h2 r2/3

Men's 800 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1980 Summer 22 Moskva Athletics East Germany Semi-Finals Heat Two 4 1:47.6 1:47.56
1980 Summer 22 Moskva Athletics East Germany Round One Heat Five 1 QU 1:48.9 1:48.88 1
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