Full name: Klaus Wolfermann
Height: 5-9 (176 cm)
Weight: 194 lbs (88 kg)
Born: March 31, 1946 in Altdorf bei NÃ¼rnberg, Bayern, Germany
Affiliations: SVG Burgkirchen, Burgkirchen an der Alz (GER)
Country: West Germany
Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
Javelin thrower Klaus Wolfermann was elected Sportsman of the Year in West Germany in 1972 and 1973 after sensationally winning the gold medal at the 1972 MÃ¼nchen Games. He was also elected German javelin thrower of the 20th century. In a legendary duel Wolfermann beat Latvian javelin throwing hero [JÄnis LÅ«sis], then starting for the Soviet Union, by only two centimeters. In his fifth attempt Wolfermann recorded 90.48, and on his last attempt LÅ«sis just missed gold with 90.46. Both competitors became exceptionally good friends despite the Cold War. Four years earlier in Mexico City Wolfermann was eliminated in the qualification, and in 1976 at MontrÃ©al he could not start due an arm injury. He later became Special Ambassador for Special Olympics.
Wolfermann was nominated for the 1969 Europeans, but could not start due to the scandal and the West German boycott concerning former GDR runner [JÃ¼rgen May]. In 1971 he placed sixth and in 1974 fifth. He won the 1973 European Cup, came in third in 1970, and was fifth in 1975. From 1969-74 Wolfermann won five consecutive West German titles. His best performance at German nationals led to his only world record of 94.08 in 1973.
Wolfermann then turned to bobsleigh and finished fifth in the 1979 European Cup in the two-man bob together with [Georg Heibl]. For his achievements he was awarded the Silver Bay Leaf in 1972, the Rudolf Harbig Memorial Award in 1978, and was inducted to the German Sports Hall of Fame in 2011. Wolfermann owned a sports marketing agency.
Personal Best: JT â 94.08 (1973).
|1968 Summer||22||Ciudad de MÃ©xico||Athletics||Men's Javelin Throw||West Germany||FRG||16 QR|
|1972 Summer||26||MÃ¼nchen||Athletics||Men's Javelin Throw||West Germany||FRG||1||Gold||OR|
|1968 Summer||22||Ciudad de MÃ©xico||Athletics||West Germany||Qualifying Round||16||75.78|
|1968 Summer||22||Ciudad de MÃ©xico||Athletics||West Germany||Qualifying Round||Group B||3||75.78|
|1968 Summer||22||Ciudad de MÃ©xico||Athletics||West Germany||Qualifying Round||Group B Round One||3||75.78|
|1968 Summer||22||Ciudad de MÃ©xico||Athletics||West Germany||Qualifying Round||Group B Round Two||3||71.40||75.78|
|1968 Summer||22||Ciudad de MÃ©xico||Athletics||West Germany||Qualifying Round||Group B Round Three||NP||75.02|
|1972 Summer||26||MÃ¼nchen||Athletics||West Germany||Final Round||1||OR||90.48|
|1972 Summer||26||MÃ¼nchen||Athletics||West Germany||Final Round||Round One||2||86.68|
|1972 Summer||26||MÃ¼nchen||Athletics||West Germany||Final Round||Round Two||2||85.14||86.68|
|1972 Summer||26||MÃ¼nchen||Athletics||West Germany||Final Round||Round Three||2||foul||86.68|
|1972 Summer||26||MÃ¼nchen||Athletics||West Germany||Final Round||Round Four||2||88.40||88.40|
|1972 Summer||26||MÃ¼nchen||Athletics||West Germany||Final Round||Round Five||1||OR||90.48||90.48|
|1972 Summer||26||MÃ¼nchen||Athletics||West Germany||Final Round||Round Six||NP||84.70|
|1972 Summer||26||MÃ¼nchen||Athletics||West Germany||Qualifying Round||1||QU||86.22|
|1972 Summer||26||MÃ¼nchen||Athletics||West Germany||Qualifying Round||Group A||1||86.22|
|1972 Summer||26||MÃ¼nchen||Athletics||West Germany||Qualifying Round||Group A Round One||1||86.22|
|1972 Summer||26||MÃ¼nchen||Athletics||West Germany||Qualifying Round||Group A Round Two||1||pass||86.22|
|1972 Summer||26||MÃ¼nchen||Athletics||West Germany||Qualifying Round||Group A Round Three||NP||pass|