Lothar Metz

Lothar Metz ( born January 16, 1939 in Meerane ) is a former German wrestler. He was Olympic champion in 1968 in Greco-Roman. Style at middleweight.


Lothar Metz wrestled exclusively in the Greco- Roman style. His strength was the ground combat, which he had specially developed new training methods.

He grew up in Auerbach on the Erzgebirge and came up with 14 years of wrestling. Previously, he was active in athletics, cycling and ski jumping. In Auerbach, a place with decades of rings -driven tradition, he was the first coach that led him in 1956 to champion youth of the GDR. He made ​​rapid progress and was able to qualify with 19 years in 1958 for the World Championships in Budapest. There, he finished with 19 years in third place and was subject only to the multiple world champion Soviet Giwi Kartosia and the Dortmund Horst Hess. In 1959 he moved to ASK forward Rostock, where the best training conditions and as an officer in the People's Navy of the GDR offered him new career prospects. In 1960, he wrestled for the first time at the Olympic Games in the all-German team. In qualifying for he had prevailed against Horst Hess. His greatest victory in the Olympic tournament was probably the Soviet of the Master Nikolai Tschutschalow. In subsequent years, he scored at the international championships, although always good results, a great victory remained to him but failed. Mostly he failed at the then very strong wrestling Soviet athletes, such as Vasily Zenin, Valentin Olenik and Rimantas Bagdonas. Great fights delivered Lothar Metz the Turks Tevfik Kish, a multiple world champion, the Yugoslav Olympic champion Branislav Simic and the outstanding wrestler in this weight class Valeri Resanzew from the USSR. At the Summer Olympics in Tokyo in 1964 Metz won the bronze medal. His big day came at the 1968 Olympic Games, where he was successful after fighting and defeating Tevfik Kis Olympic champion. At the Olympic Games in Munich in 1972 Lothar Metz tried again, it was his fourth game to do well. However, he was defeated already in the preliminaries, the Turks Tari and the Yugoslavs Josip Corak and could not be placed in the front of the field.

Lothar Metz needed to be retired very early due to a hearing impairment.

International success

(OS = Olympic Games, WM = World Championship, European Championship EM =, Mi = Medium weight, the weight limit of the mean weight was changed several times and was most recently at 90 kg all competitions in the Greco-Roman style )

Championships of the GDR

The championship of the GDR middleweight won Lothar Metz 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968 and in the light heavyweight division in 1971 and 1973.

Awards (selection)


  • International Wrestling Database of the University of Leipzig
  • One Hundred Years of struggle in Germany, publishing The Ringer, low mountain, 1991
  • Yearbook 1972 of the German Federal Ringer, Karlsruhe, 1972
  • Website www.sport- komplett.de
  • Various editions of the journal " Athletics " from the years 1958 to 1972