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Heinz Laufer

Full name: Heinz Laufer
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (179 cm)
Weight: 143 lbs (65 kg)
Born: May 23, 1925 in Schwenningen am Neckar, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Died: March 26, 2010 in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Affiliations: SportVg Feuerbach, Stuttgart (GER)
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Athletics


Heinz Laufer came in an unfortunate fourth in the steeplechase at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. The long-distance runner won six West German Championships and an additional two indoor titles. In 1959 he was awarded the Silver Bay Leaf. Laufer was a member of the German Communistic Party (DKP), and served on the council in his hometown of Stuttgart from 1968-75. In 1967 he was a founding member of the Democratic Left Party (DL) and one year later of the DKP. His special interests were social issues, housing and transport planning. After his active career Laufer became a critic of the German Athletics Federation DLV and was therefore often used as a figurehead by the GDR propaganda machine. His son Eberhard also became a long-distance runner.

Personal Best\: 3000S – 8:44.53 (1956).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 31 Melbourne Athletics Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase Germany GER 4

Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1956 Summer 31 Melbourne Athletics Germany Final 4 8:44.4 8:44.53
1956 Summer 31 Melbourne Athletics Germany Round One Heat Two 3 QU 8:53.0 8:53.23
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