Ulf Timmermann

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Ulf Timmermann
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Medal record
Men's Athletics
Competitor for  East Germany
Olympic Games
Gold 1988 Seoul Shot Put
World Championships
Silver 1983 Helsinki Shot put
World Indoor Championships
Gold 1987 Indianapolis Shot put
Gold 1989 Budapest Shot put

Ulf Timmermann (born 1 November 1962 in East Berlin) is a German shot putter who broke many world records during the 1980s and is the first and one of only two people to ever throw over 23 metres (along with Randy Barnes).

Biography[edit]

Timmermann was born in East Berlin to an athletic family and took up shot put at 13. He broke his first world record in 1985 with a throw of 22.62 meters. On 22 May 1988 he became the first person to throw over 23 meters with a throw of 23.06 meters at Chania, Greece.

He won gold for East Germany at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, ahead of Randy Barnes of the U.S.. The fourth place throw at this competition would have won every previous Olympics in the shot put. At the 1992 Olympics he finished a disappointing fifth.

Timmermann is the farthest thrower of all time in the shot put using the glide technique. He also has the most 22m+ competitions of any shot putter, at 16. His coach was Mr Werner Goldmann who is currently coaching shot put and discus throw in Berlin.

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Records
Preceded by
East Germany Udo Beyer
Men's Shot Put World Record Holder
22 September 1985 – 20 August 1986
Succeeded by
East Germany Udo Beyer
Preceded by
Italy Alessandro Andrei
Men's Shot Put World Record Holder
22 May 1988 – 20 May 1990
Succeeded by
United States Randy Barnes
Preceded by
Italy Alessandro Andrei
Men's Shot Put European Record Holder
22 May 1988 – Present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Olympic Games
Preceded by
Kristina Richter
Flagbearer for  East Germany
Seoul 1988
Succeeded by
None