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Lars Riedel

Updated: 2017-08-10T22:19Z
Lars Riedel
Personal information
Full nameLars Peter Riedel
BornJune 28, 1967 (1967-06-28) (age 50)
Zwickau, Saxony, East Germany
Height1.99 m (6 ft 6 in)
Weight110 kg (243 lb)
  • East Germany (1986–1990)
  • Germany (1991–2006)
Event(s)Discus throw
ClubUSC Mainz
LAC Erdgas Chemnitz
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)71.50 m (1997)

Lars Peter Riedel (born 28 June 1967 in Zwickau) a former German discus thrower. Riedel has the seventh longest discus throw of all-time with a personal best of 71.50m.

Riedel began his discus career in the former German Democratic Republic. He grew up in Thurm which is next to Zwickau. In 1983, he went to join SC Karl-Marx-Stadt. His first important competitions were the IAAF World Junior Championship in 1986 and the European Championship in 1990. When the GDR went down Riedel stopped training regularly. Soon after Riedel met his coach Karlheinz Steinmetz from USC Mainz he began training once again his sport career. In the 1990s, he became a dominating figure on the German discus scene. With his good physical constitution (1.99 m, 115 kg) he took part in the Olympic Games of Atlanta. There he won his only Olympic title. Furthermore, he won the IAAF World Championship five times.

He is separated from his wife Kerstin. They have a son, Robert.


Representing  East Germany
1986World Junior ChampionshipsAthens, Greece4th58.16 m
1990European ChampionshipsSplit, Yugoslavia15th (q)59.28 m
Representing  Germany
1991World ChampionshipsTokyo, Japan 1st66.20 m
1992Olympic GamesBarcelona, Spain14th (q)59.98 m
1993World ChampionshipsStuttgart, Germany 1st67.72 m
1994European ChampionshipsHelsinki, Finland10th (q)[1]58.66 m
1995World ChampionshipsGothenburg, Sweden 1st68.76 m
1996Olympic GamesAtlanta, United States 1st69.40 m
1997World ChampionshipsAthens, Greece 1st68.54 m
IAAF Grand Prix FinalFukuoka, Japan 1st67.98 m
1998European ChampionshipsBudapest, Hungary 1st67.07 m
1999World ChampionshipsSeville, Spain 3rd68.09 m
2000Olympic GamesSydney, Australia 2nd68.50 m
2001World ChampionshipsEdmonton, Canada 1st69.72 m
2003World ChampionshipsParis, France4th66.28 m
2004Olympic GamesAthens, Greece7th62.80 m
2005World ChampionshipsHelsinki, Finland9th63.05 m
2006European ChampionshipsGothenburg, Sweden8th64.11 m

In addition, he was the German champion 11 times.


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