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Werner Malitz

Full name: Werner Malitz
Nickname(s): Hugo
Gender: Male
Born: September 22, 1926 in Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Died: May 28, 2017 in Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Cycling


Werner Malitz began his cycling career in the 1940s, and was runner-up at the 1943 German track nationals in the sprint. Malitz was captured by the French during World War II and only released after the end of the war. In the 1950s Malitz became a successful cyclist, both on the road and track. He won five East German national titles on the track and won the 1957 Tour of Egypt.

In 1956, at the Olympic Games in Melbourne, he was part of the unified German pursuit team, together with [Manfred Gieseler] from West Germany and the East Germans [Siegfried Köhler] and [Rolf Nitzsche]. They lost their first round match against Great Britain by a wide margin. The lap scorer miscounted the laps and sounded the bell a lap too late, so no finishing sprint times were measured.

After his active career Malitz became a cycling coach for different clubs in East Germany and a national coach for tandem and sprint. He retired early at the time of German reunification. He later supported young cyclists for many years as an advisor. He died in 2017 at the age of 90 in a Berlin nursing home.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 30 Melbourne Cycling Men's Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres Germany GER 2 h3 r1/4

Men's Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1956 Summer 30 Melbourne Cycling Germany GER Round One Heat Three 2 4:59.4
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