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Günter Mielke

Full name: Günter Mielke
Gender: Male
Height: 5-9 (176 cm)
Weight: 137 lbs (62 kg)
Born: November 30, 1942 in Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Died: January 18, 2010 in Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Affiliations: ASV Köln, Köln (GER) / VfL Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg (GER)
Country: FRG West Germany
Sport: Athletics


Long-distance and marathon runner Günter Mielke did not finish the heats of the 10K at the 1972 München Olympics and finished 54th four years later in the marathon in Montréal, although he suffered a foot injury just after the start. He also came in 20th at the 1974 European Championships. Mielke was West German marathon champion in 1975 and 1977. In 1976 he was runner-up at the Karl-Marx-Stadt-Marathon, also placing second at Frankfurt / Main in 1981, winning the first Helsinki marathon that year. He was still running marathons and long distance races until his death.

Mielke canceled his dentistry studies due to his distance running passion. He later became a primary school teacher, and also worked as a representative for different running shoe brands. He also served as the athletic director of the Frankfurt Marathon in the 1990s. In January 2010, he collapsed on the last day of his holidays in New Zealand on a beach in Auckland while jogging. He was resuscitated and immediately transported to hospital but died three days later.

Personal Bests\: 10000 – 28:44.6 (1972); Mar – 2-13:58 (1981).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Summer 29 München Athletics Men's 10,000 metres West Germany FRG AC h1 r1/2
1976 Summer 33 Montréal Athletics Men's Marathon West Germany FRG 54

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1972 Summer 29 München Athletics West Germany Round One Heat One AC DNF

Men's Marathon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1976 Summer 33 Montréal Athletics West Germany Final Standings 54 2-35:44.8
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