Detlef Michel

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Detlef Michel
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Detlef Michel at the East German Championship in 1986
Personal information
Nationality  East Germany
Born October 13, 1955 (1955-10-13) (age 61)
Köpenick, East Germany
Height 190 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 83 kg (183 lb)
Country  East Germany
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Javelin throw
Club Berliner TSC
Coached by Peter Börner
Achievements and titles
World finals
Personal best(s) 96.72 m (1983)

Detlef Michel (born October 13, 1955 in Berlin), is a German track and field athlete. He represented East Germany during the 1980s and was one of the world's best in the javelin throw. His most important result came when he won the World Championship title in Helsinki 1983 with a throw of 89.48 meters in adverse conditions (rain),[1] beating world record holder Tom Petranoff (99.72m, 5 May 1983) of the USA by a comfortable margin. In fact, Michel threw the four longest throws of the final.[1]

He competed in the Olympic Games twice, in 1980 and 1988, but went out in the qualifying round both times.[2] He was unable to compete in 1984 due to his country's boycott of the games in Los Angeles and retired from professional sports in 1990.

Michel represented the Berlin sport club and trained with Peter Börner. During his career he was 1.84 meters tall and weighed 93 kilograms.

Michel's personal best under the old (pre-1986) javelin design specifications of 96.72 meters, thrown in Berlin on June 8, 1983, was for a while tied with Ferenc Paragi for second best in the world, behind only Petranoff's world record; it was later also exceeded by Uwe Hohn.

Results at the European Athletics Championships[edit]

  • 1978: 4th place (85.46)
  • 1982: 3rd place (89.32)
  • 1986: 2nd place (81.90)


  1. ^ a b Mark Butler/IAAF Media&PR Department (2009). "IAAF Statistics Handbook 2009" (PDF). IAAF. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-06-05. 
  2. ^ "Detlef Michel Biography and Olympic Results". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-11-07.