Carl Kaufmann (born 25 March 1936 in New York City, United States; died September 1, 2008 in Karlsruhe) was a West German former athlete who competed mainly in the 400 metres.
He competed for the United Team of Germany in the 1960 Summer Olympics held in Rome, Italy in the 400 metres where he won the silver medal. The finish line picture of Kaufmann's desperate lunge to try to capture the Gold has been shown in many Track and Field publications. He then joined with team mates Joachim Reske, Manfred Kinder and Johannes Kaiser in the 4 x 400 metre relay where they won the silver medal.
Between Sept 15 1959 and September 6, 1960, he set European records in 400 metres four times, reducing the record to 44.9s which remained the record until the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City.