Klaus Köste

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Klaus Köste
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-B0804-0091-006, Leipzig, Internationales Turnier im Geräteturnen, Köste.jpg
Klaus Köste in 1963
Personal information
Country represented East Germany
Former countries represented Germany
Born(1943-02-27)27 February 1943
Frankfurt (Oder), Germany
Died14 December 2012(2012-12-14) (aged 69)
Leipzig, Germany
Height1.64 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight61 kg (134 lb)
DisciplineMen's artistic gymnastics

Klaus Köste (27 February 1943 – 14 December 2012)[1] was a German gymnast. He won a gold medal in the vault at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. He competed for East Germany and won bronze medals in the team all-around event in three Olympics, in 1964, 1968 and 1972. He was particularly strong on the horizontal bar, winning the 1971 and 1973 European championships and a bronze medal at the 1970 World championship in this event.[2]

Köste started training in gymnastics at the age of six in Frankfurt, but later moved to Leipzig where he lived for the rest of his life. During his career he won 34 national titles, becoming one of the most successful German gymnast, together with Eberhard Gienger. In 1972 he was awarded the Patriotic Order of Merit. He retired from competitions in 1974 due to an Achilles tendon injury and became a trainer and high school teacher. In 1974–1976 he was the head coach of the East German women’s team and between 1976 and 1985 worked as the chief trainer of SC Leipzig. In parallel he taught sports at DHfK Leipzig. During the period of 1998–2002 he was an assistant to Gustav-Adolf Schur who was when a member of the Bundestag. He died from a heart failure in 2012.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b "Turn-Olympiasieger Klaus Köste gestorben". Südkurier (in German). 15 December 2012. Archived from the original on 6 January 2013. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
  2. ^ a b Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Klaus Köste". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 30 June 2012.