Klaus Ploghaus

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Klaus Ploghaus
Personal information
Born(1956-01-31)31 January 1956
Gelnhausen, West Germany
Died11 January 2022(2022-01-11) (aged 65)
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight110 kg (243 lb)
Country West Germany
SportMen's Athletics
EventMen's Hammer throw
ClubBayer Leverkusen
Achievements and titles
Personal best81.32 m (1986)
Medal record
Men’s athletics
Representing  West Germany
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1984 Los Angeles Hammer throw
Gold medal – first place 1979 Mexico City Hammer throw
Gold medal – first place 1981 Bucharest Hammer throw

Klaus Dieter Ploghaus (31 January 1956 – 11 January 2022) was a West German hammer thrower. He was born in Gelnhausen, Hesse.

His biggest success came at the 1984 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles, United States where he won the bronze medal.[1] In addition he finished twelfth at the 1978 European Championships, eighth at the 1982 European Championships, sixth at the 1983 World Championships and ninth at the 1986 European Championships.

His personal best throw was 81.32 metres, achieved in May 1986 in Paderborn. This ranks him seventh among German hammer throwers, behind Ralf Haber, Heinz Weis, Karsten Kobs, Günther Rodehau, Holger Klose and Christoph Sahner.[2]

Ploghaus died on 11 January 2022, at the age of 65.[3]


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Klaus Ploghaus". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 4 December 2016.
  2. ^ ""Ewige" Bestenliste der deutschen Leichtathletik" ["Eternal" list of the best in German athletics] (PDF). leichtathletik.de (in German). Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 July 2007.
  3. ^ "Flash-News des Tages". Leichtathletik. 7 February 2022. Retrieved 24 February 2022.

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