Guido Kratschmer

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Guido Kratschmer
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Guido Kratschmer in Köln, 1981
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing  West Germany
Men's athletics
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1976 Montreal Decathlon

Guido Kratschmer (born 10 January 1953 in Klotzenhof, Germany) is a retired West German decathlete. His sports club was the USC Mainz.

Kratschmer competed at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, where he won the silver medal in the men's decathlon event. He could not participate at the 1980 Summer Olympics because of the boycott.

In 1980, Kratschmer broke the world record held by Daley Thompson, but in 1982, Kratschmer's mark was in turn topped by Thompson.

Kratschmer's personal best total in the decathlon was 8667 points, achieved in June 1980 in Bernhausen, Germany. This total ranks him sixth all-time among German decathletes, behind Jürgen Hingsen, Uwe Freimuth, Siegfried Wentz, Frank Busemann and Torsten Voss.[1]

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
1974 European Championships Rome, Italy 3rd Decathlon
1976 Olympic Games Montreal, Canada 2nd Decathlon
1982 European Championships Athens, Greece 9th Decathlon
1983 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 9th Decathlon
1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States 4th Decathlon


Preceded by
Daley Thompson
Men's decathlon world record holder
14 June 1980 – 23 May 1982
Succeeded by
Daley Thompson
Preceded by
Harald Schmid
German Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by
Toni Mang