Guido Kratschmer in Köln, 1981
|Representing West Germany|
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.
|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|
| Men's decathlon world record holder
14 June 1980 – 23 May 1982
| German Sportsman of the Year
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