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Manfred Donike

Full name: Manfred Donike
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8.5 (174 cm)
Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
Born: June 13, 1960 in Köttingen, Erftstadt, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Died: February 23, 2003 in Kreuzau, Düren, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Country: FRG West Germany
Sport: Cycling


Manfred Donike collected 14 national titles in cycling, mainly in the Madison competition together with [Uwe Messerschmidt]. Between 1984 and 1989 he mainly started with him at six-day races and claimed 21 victories. Later he became a sports administrator in the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and a member of the Jury in the Tour de France and overtook further functions in Germany (such as organizer of the cycling race “Rund um Köln” (Tour Around Cologne)). He died at the age of 42 from a heart attack.

His brother Alexander became a cycling official in the UCI. His father, also Manfred Donike, was also a cyclist, competing in the 1960 and 1961 Tour de France. But he is most famous as a chemist and for his work in the fight against doping, for which he was awarded the Olympic Order in Silver in 1995. In 1977 he was appointed director of the Institute of Biochemistry at the Sports University in Cologne. There he was instrumental in the development of drug tests still in use today. Today the worldwide standards in the sample preparation and the analytical methods are based in many parts on his ideas, suggestions and experiences. Donike was the leading doping expert who testified against the sprinter [Ben Johnson] in the 1988 sprint scandal.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Cycling Men's Points Race West Germany FRG 19

Men's Points Race

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank LM PTS
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Cycling West Germany Final Round 19 at 3 laps 3
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Cycling West Germany Round One Heat Two 10 QU at 1 lap 16
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