He finished eighth at the 1978 European Indoor Championships and won the bronze medal at the 1983 European Indoor Championships. He became West German champion in 1979 and 1980, representing the sports club VfL Wolfsburg.
His son, Sven Knipphals, is a sprinter.
- 1978 European Indoor Championships, men's long jump final - Die Leichtatletik-Statistik-Seite
- 1983 European Indoor Championships, men's long jump final - Die Leichtatletik-Statistik-Seite
- West German championships, men's long jump
- World men's all-time best long jump (last updated 2001)
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