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Thomas Zacharias

Full name: Thomas Michael Zacharias
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0.5 (185 cm)
Weight: 168 lbs (76 kg)
Born: November 2, 1947 in Bad Harzburg, Niedersachsen, Germany
Affiliations: Universitätssportclub Mainz, Mainz (GER)
Country: FRG West Germany
Sport: Athletics

Biography

Thomas Zacharias was a West German high jumper who failed to reach the final at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. He finished ninth, eighth and fifth at the European Indoors in 1969-71, respectively. In 1968, Zacharias won his only West German outdoor title, but added two more indoors in 1970 and 1971. In 1970, he was the first West European to clear 2.20 metres, and in 2013, he set a European record clearing 1.62 in the Over 65-class.

Zacharias was the son of “magic violinist” Helmut Zacharias (1920-2002), who, with others, composed the fanfare for the West German TV channels ARD and ZDF at the 1968 Olympics. Thomas was a successful inventor of didactic sports equipment, especially the “Zacharias hurdle” that especially helps beginners learn to hurdle. Unlike competitive hurdles it is adjustable in height, padded and yields slightly under pressure. He published a book on high and long jump technique, two books on in-depth psychology and self-awareness and another on golf swing technique. For two years, he was national coach for straddle high jumpers, served as youth coach at USC Mainz, and for four years was the psychological coach for the German national golf program. His brother Stephan was a well-known composer and film producer.

Personal Best: HJ – 2.22i (1971).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Summer 20 Ciudad de México Athletics Men's High Jump West Germany FRG 14 QR

Men's High Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank BHC MBHC TMBHC TABHC C/F/P
1968 Summer 20 Ciudad de México Athletics West Germany Qualifying Round 14 2.09 0 0 2
1968 Summer 20 Ciudad de México Athletics West Germany Qualifying Round Group A 10 2.09 0 0 2
1968 Summer 20 Ciudad de México Athletics West Germany Qualifying Round Group A 1.95 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1968 Summer 20 Ciudad de México Athletics West Germany Qualifying Round Group A 2.00 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1968 Summer 20 Ciudad de México Athletics West Germany Qualifying Round Group A 2.03 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1968 Summer 20 Ciudad de México Athletics West Germany Qualifying Round Group A 2.06 metres 1 o 0 0 1 2.06
1968 Summer 20 Ciudad de México Athletics West Germany Qualifying Round Group A 2.09 metres 1T o 0 0 2 2.09
1968 Summer 20 Ciudad de México Athletics West Germany Qualifying Round Group A 2.12 metres 9T xxx 0 0 2 2.09
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