Dieter Fromm

Dieter Fromm (born 21 April 1948) is a retired East German middle-distance runner who specialized in the 800 metres. He held the indoor 800 m world record for over ten years.[2][3][4]

Dieter Fromm
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Personal information
Born21 April 1948 (1948-04-21) (age 72)
Bad Langensalza, Germany
Height178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight65 kg (143 lb)
Event(s)800 m
ClubSC Turbine Erfurt
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)1:45.4 (1972)[1]

His career ended abruptly in 1976 when, in a race ahead of the 1976 Summer Olympics, for which Fromm was qualified, another runner tread on and damaged his achilles tendon.

He competed for the sports club SC Turbine Erfurt during his active career. His son Alexander married the Olympic sprinter Uta Rohländer.[5]


Year Tournament Venue Result Extra
1966 European Junior Championships Odessa, Soviet Union 2nd
1968 Olympic Games Mexico City, Mexico 6th
1969 European Indoor Games Belgrade, Yugoslavia 1st 1:46.6 CR
European Championships Athens, Greece 1st
1971 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 2nd
1972 Olympic Games Munich, West Germany 8th
1974 European Championships Rome, Italy 7th


  1. ^ Dieter Fromm.
  2. ^ "FROM BETTERS 800 INDOOR MARK; East German Does 1:46.6 at European Track Meet". The New York Times. 9 March 1969. Retrieved 8 April 2010.
  3. ^ "Olympic Games 1896–2004 Men's 800m Results". sporting-heroes. Retrieved 8 April 2010.
  4. ^ "Erfurter Sportler – Dieter Fromm". (in German). Retrieved 8 April 2010.
  5. ^ Dieter Fromm Archived 3 October 2016 at the Wayback Machine.