Martin Jellinghaus

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Martin Jellinghaus
Martin Jellinghaus 1971 stamp of Ajman.jpg
Personal information
Born 26 October 1944 (1944-10-26) (age 71)
Lauf an der Pegnitz, Bayern, Germany
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 83 kg (183 lb)
Sport Sprint running
Club Bayer Leverkusen

Martin Jellinghaus (born 26 October 1944) is a retired West German former athlete who competed mainly in the 400 metres.

He competed for West Germany in the 1968 Summer Olympics held in Mexico City, Mexico in the 4×400 metre relay where he won the bronze medal with his team mates Helmar Müller, Manfred Kinder and Gerhard Hennige. During the games, along with the Australian sprinter Peter Norman, he wore Olympic Project for Human Rights badges to show support for the suspended American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos, the two gold and bronze medalists in the men's 200-meter race, who took their places on the podium for the medal ceremony barefooted and wearing civil rights badges, lowering their heads and each defiantly raising a black-gloved fist as the Star Spangled Banner was played.


Preceded by
West Germany Carl Kaufmann
European Record Holder Men's 400m
17 October 1968 – 20 July 1972
Succeeded by
West Germany Karl Honz