Gerd WESSIG

German Democratic Republic (Germany) GDR

Athletics

  • Olympic Medals
    1 G
  • Games participations
    1
  • First Olympic Games
    Moscow 1980
  • Year of Birth
    1959
Olympic Results

Biography

Gerd WESSIG

Gerd Wessig, a 21-year-old cook from Schwerin who was 2.01m tall, was one of the most unexpected winners of the Moscow Games.

Two weeks earlier he had won the East German national championship with a personal best of 2.30m. At the Olympics he improved by another six centimeters to win the gold medal and break the world record. In fact, even though the men's high jump has been contested at every Olympics since the Modern Games began in 1896, Wessig is the only male high jumper to set a world record at the Olympics.

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Moscow 1980

G
High Jump
High Jump Athletics