|Born||August 29, 1952 (age 64)
Recklinghausen, North-Rhine Westphalia, West Germany
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||88 kg (194 lb)|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||94.22 m (1978)|
He finished fourteenth at the 1974 European Championships, won the gold medal at the 1978 European Championships and finished ninth at the 1976 Summer Olympics. Representing the sports team TV Wattenscheid, he became West German champion six years in a row in the years 1975-1980.
His personal best throw was 94.22 metres (with the old javelin type), achieved on August 3, 1978 in Oslo. It was the best throw in the world that year, and at the time second overall only to Miklós Németh's 1976 world record of 94.58. When new javelin design rules came into force in April 1986, Wessing still stood as the eighth-best performer worldwide; in Germany only Uwe Hohn and Detlef Michel, both from East Germany, had longer throws.
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