Harald Norpoth

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Harald Norpoth
Harald Norpoth 1968.jpg
Harald Norpoth c. 1968
Personal information
Born 22 August 1942 (1942-08-22) (age 74)
Münster, Germany
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 62 kg (137 lb)
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 1500 m, 5000 m
Club Preußen Münster
LG Ratio Münster
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 1500 m – 3:37.8i (1971)
5000 m – 13:20.49 (1973)

Harald Norpoth (born 22 August 1942) is a West German former middle and long distance runner. He won the silver medal over 5000 m at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo as a member of the United Team of Germany.[1] He had already competed in the 1962 European Athletics Championships, where he had fallen and dropped out of the 1500 m final. His high quality as both a 1500 m and a 5000 m runner was proved in the 1966 European Athletics Championships, where he won the bronze medal at 1500 m and the silver medal at 5000 m.[2]

At the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico Norpoth dropped out of the 5000 m and finished fourth over 1500 m. He also set a 2000 m world record of 4:57.8 minutes in September 1966 in Hagen, Germany. Norpoth remained an international-level 5000 m runner until his retirement from competitive running in 1973, as he finished third in the 1971 European Championships 5000 m final, losing by 1.2 seconds to the winner, Juha Väätäinen. At the 1972 Munich Summer Olympics, he finished sixth at 5000 m, losing by 6.2 seconds to the winner, Lasse Virén, and placing as the fourth best European. In his farewell run at 5000 m in 1973, he set a personal record at 13:20.49. Norpoth was known as a sharp kicker, although he also could endure a fast pace when he was in peak shape.[3] He is a first cousin of political scientist Helmut Norpoth.


  1. ^ Harald Norpoth. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ Wolfgang Wünsche, The Heroes of Race Tracks, published in Finland in 1984; "The Great European Championships Book" / Suuri EM-kirja, published in Finland in 1990
  3. ^ Wünsche "The Great European Championships Book"; Antero Raevuori, ed., "Lasse Viren: The Gilded Spikes" / Lasse Viren: Kullatut piikkarit, published in Finland in 1976; Matti Hannus, "The Thousand Stars of Athletics" / Yleisurheilun tuhat tähteä, published in Finland in 1983