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Frank Busemann

Updated: 2017-01-04T08:55Z

Frank Busemann (born 26 February 1975 in Recklinghausen) is a former German decathlete. He currently works as a pundit for athletics coverage by German TV channel Das Erste.

Busemann started his career as a 110 m hurdler and was junior world champion in this discipline in 1994. After his surprising decathlon silver medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics with his personal best of 8706 points he became one of Germany's most popular sportsmen. He also was named German Sportsmen of the Year. At the World Championships of the following year Busemann came third.

After these successes Busemann confronted severe injuries from which he only recovered partly. He made a comeback at the 2000 Olympics where he finished in seventh place. In 2003, at the age of just 28, he retired because of his deteriorating physical condition. His personal best of 8706 points ranks him fourth among German decathletes, behind Jürgen Hingsen, Uwe Freimuth and Siegfried Wentz. [1]


Representing  Germany
1994World Junior ChampionshipsLisbon, Portugal1st110m hurdles13.47 w (wind: +2.1 m/s)
6th4×100m relay40.45
1996Hypo-MeetingGötzis, Austria5thDecathlon8238 pts
Olympic GamesAtlanta, United States2ndDecathlon8706 pts
1997European U23 ChampionshipsTurku, Finland1st110m hurdles13.54 w (wind: +2.2 m/s)
World ChampionshipsAthens, Greece3rdDecathlon8652 pts
1999World ChampionshipsSeville, SpainDecathlonDNF
2000Hypo-MeetingGötzis, Austria6thDecathlon8531 pts
Olympic GamesSydney, Australia7thDecathlon8351 pts


Preceded by
Germany Michael Schumacher
German Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by
Germany Jan Ullrich

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