Manfred Germar

Manfred Germar ( born March 10, 1935 in Cologne ) is a former German track and field athlete and Olympic medalist, who was successful in the 100 - meter dash and the 200 -meter run. He lives in Bergisch Gladbach.

The athlete

His parade route were the 200 meters, he won in 74 consecutive races since 1956; the series ended when he at the European Championships in 1958 in the 100 -meter run - was second behind Armin Hary - disappointing for him. On the 200 - meter track, he was European champion in 1958 and ran in the same year also world record over this distance. In 1956 he was third with the Olympic 4 x 100 - meter relay.

Together with Manfred Steinbach, Martin Lauer and Heinz Fütterer he succeeded in the 4 x 100 -meter run in 1958 a world record ( 39.5 s ). In the same year he exhibited with a 20.6 s the 200-meter world record.

At the Olympic Games in Rome in 1960, where the German 4 x 100 - meter relay team won, Manfred Germar lost his place as a relay - circuit rotor due to a poor form ( after injuries and a wisdom tooth surgery ).

From 1954 to 1962 he was in 52 international competitions used 123 times. In German Championships, he won 23 German league titles ( 1953-1964 ). In 1957 he was elected sportsman of the year in the Federal Republic. Manfred Germar launched for the ASV Köln. In his playing days, he was 1.80 m tall and weighed 71 kg.


Since 1961 Manfred Germar is married, he has a daughter. He has a degree in business and was first at the head office of a department store chain, later 30 years working for a lottery company. After his career as an athlete, he was Executive Director from 1968 his sports club ASV Köln organization leader of the ASV - sports world-class festival in Cologne. From 1978 to 1997 he was president of the ASV Köln.

Results in international highlights in detail


  • Honorary President of the ASV Köln
  • 1957: Silver bay leaf
  • 1957 Sportsman of the Year
  • 1960: Rudolf Harbig Memorial Award
  • 1998: Order of Merit
  • 1999: Carl- Diem - shield
  • 2001: Olympic medal
  • 2006: inducted into the Hall of Fame of German sport