|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||82 kg (181 lb)|
Schmid was one of the best 400 metres hurdles runners in the world during his career. His duels with Edwin Moses during the late 1970s and early 1980s are unforgettable. He was the last person to beat Moses before the incredible streak of victories, many with Schmid the closest challenger.
|“||"I would wake up at the morning, and in California we’re about nine hours ahead of Germany. I’d say to myself, ‘Harald has probably finished his workout by now, I need to get busy!’ Guys like him were my motivation."-Edwin Moses||”|
His race against Moses in Rome, 1987, is ranked as one of the races of the century. Schmid won bronze with the 4 × 400 m relay team at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal as well as an individual bronze in 400 m hurdles at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles in 1984.
He won gold at the European Championships 5 times (3 individual and 2 team medals) and one silver with the team. His personal best over 400 m hurdles was 47.48 s (done twice in 1982 and the race in 1987), at one point the European record and the second fastest time ever. As of 1 September 2014, his time of 47.48 secs from Rome in 1987 is the fastest third-placing run in history.
Harald Schmid has a PhD in Sports Science and was appointed to the IAAF athletes commission in 1999. He participates actively in anti-drug campaigns and encourages children's sport activities.
- "Meldung 24 05 2016". www.hall-of-fame-sport.de. Retrieved 2016-07-17.
- Harald Schmid profile at IAAF
- Harald Schmid's public relations company
- 400 m Hurdles, Rom 1987 (ESPN).
|German Sportsman of the Year
|Men's 400 m hurdles season's best