Rudolf Vesper

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Rudolf Vesper
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Rudolf Vesper wrestling Gerd Dietze in 1968
Medal record
Representing  East Germany
Greco-Roman wrestling (Men's welterweight
Summer Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1968 Mexico City Greco-Roman wrestling (Men's welterweight)
FILA Wrestling World Championships
Silver medal – second place 1963 Helsingborg Greco-Roman wrestling (Men's welterweight)
Silver medal – second place 1967 Bucharest Greco-Roman wrestling (Men's welterweight)

Rudolf Vesper (born April 3, 1939) is a former Olympic wrestler for East Germany. Born in Niehmen, Lower Silesia, Vesper competed for the Unified German team in the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, and then East Germany in 1968 in Mexico City. Both times, he competed in the men's welterweight division of the Greco-Roman wrestling event.

The first time Vesper competed, in 1964, he did not win a medal. However, the second time, in 1968, Vesper won a gold medal in the Greco-Roman wrestling event.

Vesper also competed for East Germany in the FILA Wrestling World Championships. Upon his first appearance, 1963, in Helsingborg, he came in second in the Greco-Roman event. He competed in the 78kg weight class and the Seniors age group. His second appearance, in 1967, held in Bucharest, also resulted in a silver medal in the Greco-Roman event. He competed in the Seniors age group and the 78 kg weight class.