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Gerhard Hönicke

Full name: Gerhard Hönicke
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8.5 (174 cm)
Weight: 146 lbs (66 kg)
Born: March 25, 1930 in Heyda, Hirschstein, Sachsen, Germany
Died: November 5, 1984 in Chemnitz, Sachsen, Germany
Affiliations: SC Karl-Marx-Stadt, Chemnitz (GER)
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Athletics


Gerhard Hönicke, long-distance runner, placed 12th at the 1960 Rome Olympic Games and came in 38th four years later in Tokyo in the marathon. He also participated in three European Championships in 1958, 1962, and 1966. Domestically he collected 12 East German titles over various distances between 5K and the marathon. Hönicke was the first East German athlete under 31 minutes in the 10K (1955) and the first German runner under 2:20 in the marathon (1964). He was among the most successful distance runners in the former GDR in his era. Hönicke was educated as a car electrician and concrete worker.

Personal Bests\: 10000 – 29:08.6 (1960); Mar – 2-17:37 (1967).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 30 Roma Athletics Men's 10,000 metres Germany GER 12
1964 Summer 34 Tokyo Athletics Men's Marathon Germany GER 38

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1960 Summer 30 Roma Athletics Germany Final Standings 12 29:20.4 29:20.14

Men's Marathon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1964 Summer 34 Tokyo Athletics Germany Final Standings 38 2-33:23.0
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