Joachim Büchner

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Joachim Büchner
Joachim Büchner 1928.jpg
Joachim Büchner at the 1928 Olympics
Personal information
Born 8 April 1905
Altenburg, Germany
Died 22 February 1978 (aged 72)
Leverkusen, Germany
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 74 kg (163 lb)
Sport Running
Club Viktoria Magdeburg
VfB Leipzig
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals 1928, 1932

Joachim "Jochen" Büchner (8 April 1905 – 22 February 1978) was a German sprint runner who won a bronze medal in the 400 m event at the 1928 Olympics. He failed to reach the 400 m final at the next Olympics, and finished in fourth place with the German 4 × 400 m relay team. He won three national titles in the 400 m in 1927–1929 and finished second in 1925, 1931 and 1932. In 1928 he became the first German athlete to run 400 m within 48 seconds.

Büchner was a graphic designer and advertising consultant. After retiring from competitions, he worked at ASV Köln, first as athletics coach (1947–1950), then treasurer (1962–1969) and later as president (1969–1977). Until his death in 1978 he was a member of the Association of Former Track and Field Athletes of West Germany. Büchner's daughter Christa (born 1931) became a pentathlete.