Jörg Drehmel in 1970
|Born||3 May 1945 (age 71)
|Height||187 cm (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||83 kg (183 lb)|
|Club||ASK Vorwärts Potsdam|
|Coached by||Heinz Rieger|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||17.31 (1972)|
Drehmel first tried his hand at the javelin throw and the decathlon before switching to the triple jump in 1966. His first big success came with a win at the European Cup in 1970, where he was the first German jumper to set a record with the first-ever jump over 17 meters. His jump of 17.16 meters to win the European Championship in 1971 did not qualify as a record due to excessive tail wind.
Drehmel had a degree in electronics and was an officer in the National People's Army. At the end of his career in 1977 he became a youth coach for long and triple jump athletes. At the demise of the GDR he lost this position, and later joined the state sports association in the state of Brandenburg. At present he is the honorary jumping coach at SC Potsdam. He resides in Stahnsdorf near Potsdam.
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