Carl Kaufmann

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Carl Kaufmann
Carl Kaufmann 1960b.jpg
Kaufmann in 1960
Personal information
Born25 March 1936
Brooklyn, United States
Died1 September 2008 (aged 72)
Karlsruhe, Germany
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight76 kg (168 lb)
SportSprint running
ClubKarlsruher SC

Carl Kaufmann (25 March 1936 – 1 September 2008) was a West German sprint runner.

Kaufmann initially specialized in the 200 m, but in 1958 changed to 400 m and won a European silver medal in the 4×400 m relay. Between 15 September 1959 and 6 September 1960 he set four European records in 400 metres, reducing the time down to 44.9 s, which remained the record until the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City.

He competed for the United Team of Germany at the 1960 Summer Olympics in the 400 metres and won the silver. The finish line picture of Kaufmann's desperate lunge to try to capture the gold has been shown in many track and field publications.[1] Both Kaufmann and Davis set a new world-record time at 44.9 s and became the first athletes to run the 400 m with 45 seconds.[2] Kaufmann then joined team mates Joachim Reske, Manfred Kinder and Johannes Kaiser in the 4×400 m relay, where they won the silver medal.[2]

After retiring from competitions Kaufmann was running an amateur theatre in Karlsruhe, where he died aged 72.[2]


  1. ^ Otis , 1960 400 meter and 4x400m Olympic Champion. 13 September 2009
  2. ^ a b c Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Carl Kaufmann". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020.

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Preceded by
Soviet Union Ardalion Ignatyev
European Record Holder Men's 400m
19 September 1959 – 16 October 1968
Succeeded by
West Germany Martin Jellinghaus