Kurt Bendlin

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Kurt Bendlin
Kurt Bendlin 1968.jpg
Personal information
Born 22 May 1943 (1943-05-22) (age 73)
Maßort, Poland
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 91 kg (201 lb)
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Decathlon
Club Bayer Leverkusen
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 8234 (1967)

Kurt Bendlin (born 22 May 1943) is a retired West German decathlete. In 1967 he became the first German person to set a world decathlon record in 34 years; he was voted German Sportsman of the Year, received the Silbernes Lorbeerblatt, and was cast in bronze by Arno Breker. Next year he won a bronze medal at the 1968 Olympics.[1][2]

Bendlin won national decathlon titles in 1965, 1967, 1971, and 1974. Besides sport, he worked as policeman and teacher of physical education. He also organized outdoor camps and training courses for managers, and in 1986 published a related book Fitness für Manager.[1]


  1. ^ a b Kurt Bendlin. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ Kurt Bendlin. Leverkusen who's who
Preceded by
Germany Rudi Altig
German Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by
Germany Franz Keller
Preceded by
United States Russ Hodge
Men's decathlon world record holder
14 May 1967 – 11 December 1969
Succeeded by
United States Bill Toomey