Christoph Höhne

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Olympic medal record
Representing  East Germany
Men's athletics
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1968 Mexico City 50 km walk
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 1969 Athens 50 km walk
Gold medal – first place 1974 Rome 50 km walk
Silver medal – second place 1971 Helsinki 50 km Walk
World Race Walking Cup
Gold medal – first place 1965 Pescara 50 km walk
Gold medal – first place 1967 Bad Saarow 50 km walk
Gold medal – first place 1970 Eschborn 50 km walk
Bronze medal – third place 1973 Lugano 50 km walk

Christoph Höhne (born 12 February 1941 near Leipzig, Saxony) is a racewalker of the SV Dynamo. He competed at 50 km for East Germany in the 1960s and 1970s. He was trained by Max Weber.

Höhne won a gold medal at the 1968 Summer Olympics at Mexico City and participated in the Olympics in 1964 and 1972. His Olympic victory made history as his margin of victory was over ten minutes. He participated in an episode of the cold war in sports at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich: On the evening before the race, East German officials received an anonymous tip that he wanted to defect during the 50 km race. They did not believe the allegations, but Höhne went to the start line unnerved and finished in fourteenth place.

Höhne won twice at the European Championships (in 1969 and 1974). He won the IAAF World Race Walking Cup at 50 km in 1965, 1967 and, 1970 and came in third in 1973.

After his sports career, he studied photography and became a well known sports photographer in East Germany. Among other things, he received a gold medal at the International Sports Photography Exhibition in Reus, Spain in 1978. After the unification of Germany, he has done freelance photography for the daily newspapers Junge Welt and Sportecho.


  • His place of birth is reported as Machern profile (in German)
  • or as Borsdorf 1941 at the Wayback Machine (archived April 11, 2006) (in German) both in Saxony