Thomas Schönlebe

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Thomas Schönlebe
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1986-0817-005, Thomas Schönlebe.jpg
Schönlebe in 1986
Medal record
Men's Athletics
Representing East Germany East Germany
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1987 Rome 400 m
World Indoor Games
Gold medal – first place 1985 Paris 400 m
European Championships
Silver medal – second place 1986 Stuttgart 400 m
Silver medal – second place 1990 Split 400 m
Bronze medal – third place 1990 Split 4x400 m relay
European Indoor Championships
Gold medal – first place 1986 Madrid 400 m
Representing  Germany
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1993 Stuttgart 4x400 m relay
World Indoor Championships
Gold medal – first place 1991 Seville 4x400 m relay

Thomas Schönlebe (born 6 August 1965 in Frauenstein, Erzgebirge, Saxony) is a former (East) German 400 metre runner who won the gold medal at the 1987 World Championships in Athletics in Rome. In that race, Schönlebe set a new European record of 44.33 seconds which still stands.

A year earlier, Schönlebe had finished second at the 1986 European Championships in Athletics in Stuttgart behind Roger Black. One of his last achievements was the third place at the 1993 World Championships in Athletics in Stuttgart with the German 4 × 400 m relay.

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  East Germany
1983 European Junior Championships Schwechat, Austria 1st 400 m 45.64
1st 4x400 m 3:04.95
1985 World Indoor Games Paris, France 1st 400 m 45.60
World Cup Canberra, Australia 2nd 400 m 44.72
2nd 4x400 m 3:00.82
1986 European Indoor Championships Madrid, Spain 1st 400 m 46.98
European Championships Stuttgart, Germany 2nd 400 m 44.63
6th 4x400 m 3:04.87
1987 World Championships Rome, Italy 1st 400 m 44.33
heats 4x400 m DNF
1988 European Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 4th (sf) 400 m 46.86
Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 9th (sf) 400 m 44.90
4th 4x400 m 3:01.13
1989 World Cup Barcelona, Spain 5th 4x400 m 3:02.73
1990 European Championships Solit, Yugoslavia 2nd 400 m 45.13
3rd 4x400 m 3:01.51
Representing  Germany
1991 World Indoor Championships Seville, Spain 1st 4x400 m 3:03.05
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 15th (qf) 400 m 45.46
heats 4x400 m DNF
1993 World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 3rd 4x400 m 2:59.99
(#) Indicates overall position in quartefinal (qf) or semifinal (sf) round

Note: Schönlebe qualified for the 1988 European Indoor final but withdrew.

See also[edit]


Preceded by
Erwin Skamrahl
European Record Holder Men's 400 m
21 August 1987 - present
Succeeded by