Michael Karst

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Michael Karst
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing  West Germany
European Championships
Bronze 1974 Rome 3000 m steeplechase
IAAF World Cup
Gold 1977 Düsseldorf 3000 m steeplechase
Summer Universiade
Gold 1977 Sofia 3000 m steeplechase
Silver 1973 Moscow 3000 m steeplechase

Michael Karst (born 28 January 1952 in Mannheim) is a retired 3000 m steeplechaser from West Germany.


He finished fifth at the 1976 Summer Olympics, first at the 1977 World Cup[1] and fourth at the 1978 European Championships. He also won two silver and one gold medal at the Summer Universiades in 1973, 1975 and 1977.[2] At the 1977 European Indoor Championships he finished sixth in 3000 metres.[3]

In June 1974 he set a new European record of 8:18.4 minutes, which he improved to a then-national record of 8:18.0 at the 1974 European Championships where he won the bronze medal. He improved his (West) German record on two occasions in Stockholm, first to 8:16.2 minutes in July 1975 and finally to 8:14.05 minutes in July 1977. This result places him sixth on the German all-time performers list, behind Damian Kallabis, Hagen Melzer, Frank Baumgartl, Rainer Schwarz and Uwe Pflügner.[4]

Karst won five German national titles, in the years 1974-1977 and 1979.[5] He competed for the sports clubs SV Saar 05 Saarbrücken and USC Mainz during his active career.


  1. ^ IAAF World Cup in Athletics - GBR Athletics
  2. ^ World Student Games (Universiade - Men) - GBR Athletics
  3. ^ 1977 European Indoor Championships, men's 3000 m final - Die Leichtatletik-Statistik-Seite
  4. ^ Microsoft Word - Ewige DLV-Bestenliste.doc
  5. ^ German championships, men's 3000 m steeplechase

Preceded by
Sweden Anders Gärderud
Men's 3000 m steeplechase
European record holder

equalled Anders Gärderud's 8:18.4 mark

26 June 1974 – 2 July 1974
Succeeded by
Sweden Anders Gärderud
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Sweden Anders Gärderud
Men's 3000 m steeplechase
best year performance

Succeeded by
Kenya Henry Rono