Harald Schmid

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Harald Schmid (born September 29, 1957 in Hanau, Germany) is a former German track-and-field athlete.


Schmid was one of the best 400 m hurdles runners in the world. His duels with Edwin Moses during the late 1970s and early 1980s are unforgettable. He was the last person to beat Moses before the incredible streak of victories, many with Schmid the closest challenger.

"I would wake up at the morning, and in California we’re about nine hours ahead of Germany. I’d say to myself, ‘Harald has probably finished his workout by now, I need to get busy!’ Guys like him were my motivation."-Edwin Moses[1]

His race against Moses in Rome, 1987, is ranked as one of the races of the century. Schmid won bronze with the 4x400 m relay team at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal as well as an individual bronze in 400 m hurdles at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles in 1984.

In addition, he won silver in 1983 at the first World Championships in Helsinki in the 400 m hurdles and the 4x400 m relay team and a further bronze in the Rome World Championships in 1987.

He won gold at the European Championships 5 times (3 individual and 2 team medals) and one silver with the team. His personal best over 400 m hurdles was 47.48 s (done twice in 1982 and the race in 1987), at one point the European record and the second fastest time ever.

Harald Schmid has a PhD in Sports Science and was appointed to the IAAF athletes commission in 1999. He participates actively in anti-drug campaigns and encourages children's sport activities.


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Preceded by
Germany Eberhard Gienger
German Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by
Germany Guido Kratschmer
Preceded by
Germany Boris Becker
German Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by
Germany Michael Groß
Sporting positions
Preceded by
United States Edwin Moses
Men's 400 m Hurdles Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
United States Edwin Moses