Hartwig Gauder

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Hartwig Gauder
Personal information
Born (1954-11-10) 10 November 1954 (age 64)
Vaihingen an der Enz

Hartwig Gauder (born 10 November 1954 in Vaihingen an der Enz) is a former German race walker.

Born in West Germany, his family moved to East Germany in 1960 when they inherited property at Ilmenau. Gauder thus competed for East Germany.[1]

In 1996 Gauder started suffering from a virus infection of his heart. After living with an artificial heart for several months, he received a heart transplant. He has subsequently taken part in the New York Marathon several times. Being classified as a disabled participants due to his transplant, he was once disqualified for being too fast as there was a minimum time, which he underran.[1]

His recovery from almost dying to returning into a normal life was covered in a documentary shown on German documentary channel Phoenix.[1]

International competitions[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Hartwig Gauder". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 25 October 2018.