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Werner Girke

Full name: Werner Girke
Gender: Male
Height: 5-9 (176 cm)
Weight: 141 lbs (64 kg)
Born: September 4, 1940 in Grabik, Dolnośląskie, Poland
Affiliations: VfL Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg (GER)
Country: FRG West Germany
Sport: Athletics


Long-distance runner Werner Girke was eliminated in the heats of the 5,000 metres at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. He also took part in the 1966 and 1971 European Championships, and was nominated for the 1969 Europeans, but West Germany boycotted that event. In 1967 Girke was European Indoor Champion over 3,000 metres, two years later earned a bronze medal in the same event, and in 1970 finished fifth. Domestically he won six titles at varying distances. Shortly after the Mexico Games he married his teammate, non-Olympian Monika Schnieber. Their daughter Birgit would later become a middle-distance runner. Werner Girke was educated as a mechanical engineer and worked for the German automobile company Volkswagen in Wolfsburg.

Personal Best\: 5000 – 13:37.0 (1968).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics Men's 5,000 metres West Germany FRG 11 h2 r1/2

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics West Germany Round One Heat Two 11 15:20.8 15:20.85
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