Willi Holdorf

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Willi Holdorf
Personal information
Born 17 February 1940 (1940-02-17) (age 74)
Blomesche Wildnis, Germany

Willi Holdorf (born 17 February 1940 in Blomesche Wildnis near Glückstadt) is a West German athlete who mainly competed in the decathlon.


He competed for the United Team of Germany in the 1964 Summer Olympics held in Tokyo, Japan, where he won the gold medal in the men's decathlon event.

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring Holdorf worked as a coach, both in athletics and football. He coached eventual pole vault silver medalist Claus Schiprowski during the 1968 Summer Olympics and later managed German Bundesliga side SC Fortuna Köln in football.[1][2]

Personal life[edit]

Willi Holdorf is the father of Dirk Holdorf, a former professional football player.[2]


  1. ^ "Holdorf at the Hall of Fame of German Sports" (in German). hall-of-fame-sport.de. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Willi Holdorf – Ein wahrer König der Athleten" (in German). ndr.de. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
United States Rafer Johnson
World's Greatest Athlete
Succeeded by
United States Bill Toomey
Preceded by
Germany Gerhard Hetz
German Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by
Germany Hans-Joachim Klein