Erwin Skamrahl

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Erwin Skamrahl
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Born 8 March 1958

Erwin Skamrahl (born 8 March 1958 in Oberg) is a retired West German sprinter who specialized in the 200 and 400 metres.


At the 1982 European Championships he finished fourth in the 200 metres, won a bronze medal in the 4 x 100 metres relay and a gold medal in the 4 x 400 metres relay. Earlier that year he had won the 200 m at the 1982 European Indoor Championships in a new championship record of 21.20 seconds.

At the 1983 World Championships he finished fourth in the 400 metres and won a silver medal in the 4 x 400 metres relay. He then competed in the 1984 Olympic relay, finished eighth in 400 m at the 1986 European Championships and fifth in 200 m at the 1987 European Indoor Championships.[1]

His personal best time in 400 m was 44.50 seconds, achieved in July 1983 in Munich. This ranks him second among German 400 m sprinters, only behind Thomas Schönlebe who ran 44.33 seconds.[2] In 200 m, his best time was 20.44 seconds, only 0.01 second behind Norbert Dobeleit and Stefan Holz who occupy the top two places on the German all-time ranking.


  1. ^ 1987 European Indoor Championships - men's 200 metres
  2. ^ Microsoft Word - Ewige DLV-Bestenliste.doc Archived July 4, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
Preceded by
Soviet Union Viktor Markin
European Record Holder Men's 400m
26 July 1983 - 20 August 1987
Succeeded by
East Germany Thomas Schonlebe