Walter Schmidt (hammer thrower)
Walter Schmidt ( born August 7, 1948 in Lahr / Schwarzwald ) is a former German track and field athlete and Olympian, who - starting for the Federal Republic - in the 1970s was a successful hammer thrower. He set world records in 1971 and 1975, each of which remained unmatched almost three years. In 1977, it was announced that Schmidt took anabolic steroids.
Every fifth place he occupied at the European Championships 1971 ( 70.12 to 70.54 m 68,66 - 69.34 to 69.46 - invalid) and at the 1976 Olympic Games ( 72.58 to 74.72 m - 74.36 to 73.52 - 74.72 to 72.42 ). In 1975 he won the silver medal at the World Student Games ( Universiade ) ( 72.00 m).
Walter Schmidt was a member of the sports club ASC Darmstadt. He had a competition weight of 135 kg at a height of 1.92 m.
He was from 1979 to January 2012 worked as a sports and geography teacher at Freiherr- vom-Stein -Schule ( Frankfurt am Main).
Records in detail
- 72.92 m, German record ( the Federal Republic, while total German Best ) 9 June 1970 in Darmstadt
- 76.40 m, world record, September 4, 1971 in Lahr / Schwarzwald
- 79.30 m, world record, August 14, 1975 in Frankfurt am Main