Frank Baumgartl

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Olympic medal record
Men's athletics
Bronze 1976 Montreal 3000 m s'chase

Frank Baumgartl (29 May 1955 – 26 August 2010[1]) was an East German track and field athlete, who specialized in the 3000 meters steeplechase. He was born in Bad Schlema.

At the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal Frank Baumgartl won the Olympic bronze medal in a new personal best time of 8:10.36 minutes. Approaching the last obstacle, he was just behind Anders Gärderud of Sweden, who was in the lead. Baumgartl seemed even about to pass Gärderud. However, as Baumgartl was about to challenge Gärderud for the gold medal, he misjudged the steeple barrier and fell. Baumgartl was then passed by Bronisław Malinowski, a veteran steeplechaser, who took the silver (Malinowski also won the gold in Moscow 1980 Olympic steeplechase) medal. Baumgartl recovered, and took the bronze medal. Baumgartl's time remained his career best, and places him third on the German all-time performers list behind Damian Kallabis and Hagen Melzer.[2]

Baumgartl never became East German champion.[3] He competed for the sports club SC Karl-Marx-Stadt during his active career. He died in Lake Como, Italy in August 2010.


This article incorporates information from the German Wikipedia.
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  3. ^ East German championships, men's 3000 m steeplechase