Klaus Wolfermann

Klaus Wolfermann (born 31 March 1946) is a former West German javelin thrower. He won a gold medal at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich[1] and set a world record in 1973.

Klaus Wolfermann
Klaus Wolfermann c1974.jpg
Klaus Wolfermann c. 1974
Personal information
Nationality West Germany
Born31 March 1946 (1946-03-31) (age 74)
Altdorf bei Nürnberg, Allied-occupied Germany
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight88 kg (194 lb)
Country West Germany
Event(s)Javelin throw
ClubSportverein Gendorf
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)94.08 m (1973)

The javelin competition at the 1972 Games was the closest in Olympic history. Wolfermann had taken the lead from Jānis Lūsis of the USSR in the fifth round with an Olympic Record throw of 90.48 meters. Then, in the sixth and final round, Lūsis let fly with a very long effort that measured at 90.46 meters – Wolfermann's two centimeter margin was, at the time, the smallest unit of measurement used in javelin competitions.

On 5 May 1973, Klaus Wolfermann set a new world record in the javelin throw, bettering Lūsis' previous record of 93.80 meters with a mark of 94.08 m. Wolfermann's record stood until 26 July 1976, when Hungary's Miklós Németh threw his javelin for 94.58 m at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.


  1. ^ Klaus Wolfermann. sports-reference.com

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Preceded by
  Hans Fassnacht
German Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by
  Eberhard Gienger