Bernd Kannenberg

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Bernd Kannenberg
Bernd Kannenberg 1972.jpg
Bernd Kannenberg in 1972
Personal information
Born 20 August 1942 (1942-08-20) (age 74)
Königsberg, East Prussia
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 75 kg (165 lb)
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Race walking
Club TV 1860 Fürth
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 20 km – 1:24:45 (1974)
50 km – 3:52:45 (1972)

Bernhard "Bernd" Kannenberg (born 20 August 1942) is a retired West German race walker who won the 50 km event at the 1972 Summer Olympics. He also competed in the 20 km at the 1972 and 1976 Games, but failed to finish. In 1972 Kannenberg became the first German athlete to walk 50 km within 4 hours; the same year he was awarded the Silbernes Lorbeerblatt. During his career he set five world records, and won six outdoor and four indoor West German titles.[1]

Kannenberg was a professional soldier and trained at the sports school of the German Bundeswehr at Warendorf. After retiring from competitions he coached the German race walking team.[1]


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Preceded by
Soviet Union Gennadiy Agapov
Men's 50km Walk World Record Holder
27 May 1972 – 23 April 1978
Succeeded by
Mexico Raúl González