Hans Grodotzki

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Hans Grodotzki
Medal record
Men’s Athletics
Representing  Germany
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1960 Rome 10000 metres
Silver medal – second place 1960 Rome 5000 metres
Hans Grodotzki (left) with Werner Krause, 1962

Hans Grodotzki (born 4 April 1936 in Preußisch Holland, former East Prussia, now Poland) was an East German long-distance runner who competed mainly in track events.

He competed for the United Team of Germany in the 1960 Summer Olympics held in Rome, Italy in the 10,000 metres where he won the silver medal. In the 5,000 metres he repeated this, winning a second silver medal.


The war ended in May 1945 and Hans Grodotzki, accompanying his parents and two siblings, was obliged by frontier changes and ethnic cleaning to relocate. The family ended up living in Menteroda, Thuringia, in the southern part of the Soviet occupation zone in what remained of Germany.[1] After leaving school Grodotzki worked as a miner in the Volkenroda Potash mines, also playing, in his free time, football and table tennis. He began athletics training in 1954 after being "talent spotted".

While he was 20 he was called up for his military service, and in 1956 he was sent to the Army Sports Association centre at Potsdam. A period of intensive training under Erich Bock ensued. Already, 1956 he took the East German 5,000 meter junior record (14:18,0).[1] He was moved to Berlin in 1958, where he was trained by Curt Eins, and within half a year he was a member of the East German national team.


  1. ^ a b Volker Kluge. "Grodotzki, Hans * 4.4.1936 Leistungssportler (Leichtathletik)" (in German). Bundesstiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur: Biographische Datenbanken. Retrieved 16 March 2015. 

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