Games & medals

Games Results Sport Event
Barcelona 1992 1992
Games Results Sport Event
Barcelona 1992 1992
#6 Athletics 50 kilometer Walk
Seoul 1988 1988
Games Results Sport Event
Seoul 1988 1988
#3
Athletics 50 kilometer Walk
Moscow 1980 1980
Games Results Sport Event
Moscow 1980 1980
#1
Athletics 50 kilometer Walk

Hartwig GAUDER

German Democratic Republic (Germany)
Athletics
Height
186 cm / 6'1''
Weight
70 kg / 154 pounds
Birth date
10 Nov 1954 Vaihingen an der Enz, Germany
Gender
Male

Number of medals

2 Olympic medals

Olympic Games

3 Olympic Games

Hartwig GAUDER biography

Hartwig Gauder, whose fourth Olympic participation was prevented by the Soviet-led boycott in 1984, grew up in Vaihingen an der Enz, West Germany, but his family moved to East Germany in 1960 when they inherited a house at Ilmenau, Thüringen. As an East German walker, he was World Champion in the 50 km. in 1987 and European Champion in 1986. Walking for Germany, he won a bronze medal in the 1991 World Championship 50 km. Gauder was world-ranked in the top 10 every year from 1980-1992, save 1989, and was ranked #1 in 1980, and 1985-1987.

In 1995 he was found to have a viral heart infection, causing cardiomyopathy. After living with an artificial heart for several months, he received a heart transplant. Since the heart transplant, he has taken part in the New York Marathon several times, ironically once being disqualified from the race. As a disabled participant, due to his transplant, he was disqualified for bettering the minimum time. His recovery from near-death to a normal life was covered in a documentary shown on the German documentary channel Phoenix. In 2003 he climbed Mount Fuji, Japan's highest mountain.

Personal Best: 50kmW – 3-39:45 (1988).

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