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Thomas Schönlebe

Full name: Thomas Schönlebe
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0.5 (185 cm)
Weight: 163 lbs (74 kg)
Born: August 6, 1965 in Frauenstein, Sachsen, Germany
Affiliations: SC Karl-Marx-Stadt, Chemnitz (GER) / LAC Chemnitz, Chemnitz (GER)
Country: GDR East Germany, GER Germany
Sport: Athletics

Biography

Thomas Schönlebe was one the world’s best 400 runners in the late 1980s and 1990s. He was World Champion in 1987, the only European to win that event at the Worlds, as of 2015. His time of 44.33 was a European record, still standing as of 2015. In 1993 he earned a bronze medal with the 4x400 relay at Worlds.

Schönlebe won silvers in the 400 at the 1986 and 1990 European Championships, adding a bronze in the 4x400 relay in 1990. He was runner-up in the 400 and with the 4x400 relay at the 1985 World Cup, winning European Cup titles in the 400 in 1985 and 1987, and in the 4x400 in 1987. Schönlebe was East German Champion in 1983-85 and 1987-88, and German Champion in 1992-93 in the 400, adding four East German relay titles and two German ones. Indoors, Schönlebe won three East German and one German title. In 1994 he was awarded the Rudolf Harbig Memorial Award.

Schönlebe was trained as a bank clerk and later became CEO of his home club LAC Erdgas Chemnitz. His son Simon became a high jumper. After German reunification Thomas Schönlebe was accused of systematic doping by Brigitte Berendonk and in documents released by the Military Medical Academy in Bad Saarow, with suspicions that Schönlebe was given high doses of oral turinabol in 1983 and 1984.

Personal Best: 400 – 44.33 (1987).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics Men's 400 metres East Germany GDR 5 h2 r3/4
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay East Germany GDR 4
1992 Summer 26 Barcelona Athletics Men's 400 metres Germany GER 5 h1 r2/4
1992 Summer 26 Barcelona Athletics Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay Germany GER AC h3 r1/2
1996 Summer 30 Atlanta Athletics Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay Germany GER 4 h5 r1/3

Men's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics East Germany Semi-Finals Heat Two 5 44.90 2
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics East Germany Quarter-Finals Heat Two 3 QU 45.09 7
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics East Germany Round One Heat Four 2 QU 47.07 4
1992 Summer 26 Barcelona Athletics Germany Quarter-Finals Heat One 5 45.46 2
1992 Summer 26 Barcelona Athletics Germany Round One Heat Two 3 QU 46.26 6

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(A) ST
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics East Germany GDR Final 4 3:01.13 44,87
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics East Germany GDR Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 3:00.60
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics East Germany GDR Round One Heat Two 4 QU 3:08.13
1992 Summer 26 Barcelona Athletics Germany GER Round One Heat Three AC DNF
1996 Summer 30 Atlanta Athletics Germany GER Round One Heat Five 4 3:05.16 46,40
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