Michael Wessing

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Michael Wessing
Personal information
Nationality  West Germany
Born August 29, 1952 (1952-08-29) (age 64)
Recklinghausen, North-Rhine Westphalia, West Germany
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 88 kg (194 lb)
Country  West Germany
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Javelin throw
Club TV Wattenscheid
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 94.22 m (1978)

Michael Thomas Maria Wessing (born 29 August 1952 in Recklinghausen) is a retired West German javelin thrower.

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.[1]

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.[2]


  1. ^ German championships - men's javelin throw
  2. ^ Microsoft Word - Ewige DLV-Bestenliste.doc