In the high jump he finished fourth at the 1978 European Championships in Prague, Czechoslovakia and sixth at the 1979 European Indoor Championships in Vienna, Austria. He competed at the 1976 Olympic Games, but did not reach the final round; at the 1980 Olympic Games however he finished fourth. With a jump of 2.29 metres he missed out on the bronze medal by 2 centimetres; the bronze and gold medals were won by his compatriots Jörg Freimuth and Gerd Wessig respectively. Lauterbach was ranked sixth in the world that season by Track and Field News.
In domestic competitions, Lauterbach represented the sports club SC Turbine Erfurt. He won silver medals at the East German championships in 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1980 and a bronze medal in 1981. The East German champion during those years was usually Rolf Beilschmidt. Lauterbach became East German indoor champion in 1979.
Lauterbach also competed in the long jump on an international level, winning the gold medal at the 1982 European Indoor Championships in Milan, Italy. His winning result of 7.86 metres has been improved in all of the later editions of the European Indoor Championships. On the national level Lauterbach won silver medals in this event at the East German championships in 1970, 1972, 1976 and 1981. Additionally he won a bronze medal in 1974. He became East German indoor champion in 1982.
His personal best long jump was 8.35 metres, achieved in August 1981 in Erfurt. This ranks him third among German long jumpers, behind Olympic medalists Lutz Dombrowski and Frank Paschek, and equal to Josef Schwarz.
Notes and referencesEdit
- 1979 European Indoor Championships results, men's high jump final - Die Leichtatletik-Statistik-Seite
- 1980 Olympic Games, men's results - Sporting Heroes
- All-time world rankings - men's high jump Archived 2008-05-16 at the Wayback Machine - Track and Field News
- East German championships, men's high jump - Sport-Komplett
- East German indoor championships, men's high jump - Sport-Komplett
- World men's all-time best high jump (last updated 2001)
- 1982 European Indoor Championships results, men's long jump final - Die Leichtatletik-Statistik-Seite
- European Indoor Championships (Men) - GBR Athletics
- East German championships, men's long jump - Sport-Komplett
- East German indoor championships, men's long jump - Sport-Komplett
- German all-time lists per 1 September 2006 Archived 4 July 2007 at the Wayback Machine - Deutschen Leichtathletik-Verband