Hartwig GAUDER

German Democratic Republic (Germany) GDR

Athletics

  • Olympic Medals
    1 G
    1 B
  • Games participations
    3
  • First Olympic Games
    Moscow 1980
  • Year of Birth
    1954
Olympic Results

Biography

Hartwig GAUDER

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).

Olympic Results

More results
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Barcelona 1992

#6
50 kilometer Walk
50 kilometer Walk Athletics
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Seoul 1988

B
50 kilometer Walk
50 kilometer Walk Athletics
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Moscow 1980

G
50 kilometer Walk
50 kilometer Walk Athletics