Gerhard SPERLING

Deaflympics

GamesSportEventResult
Helsinki 1961Athletics20km race walkSilver
Helsinki 1961Athletics5000m race walkGold
Helsinki 1961Athletics10000m race walkGold
Belgrade 1969Athletics20km race walkGold
Bucharest 1977Athletics20km race walkSilver

Flag - GER Germany

Born: 25 Nov 1937

Competed under two different flags, those of the Unified Team of Germany (1964) and the German Democratic Republic (1968 and 1972) at the Olympic Games. Also took part under two different teams at the Deaf World Games, in which he won a total of 5 medals, including 3 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze. The third place finisher in the 20km walk at the 1965 World Cup among the non-deaf at Pescara, Italy. Won a silver medal in the 20km walk (1:27.28), losing by just .07 seconds to the winner (Nikolai Smaga, of the USSR with a time of 1:27.21) at the 1971 European Championship among the non-deaf held at Helsinki, Finland. As of 1 January 2009, he is still the world record holder in 20000km race walk and 20km race walk.