Werner Günthör

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Werner Günthör
Personal information
Born 1 June 1961

Werner Günthör (born 1 June 1961 in Uttwil) is a former Swiss track and field athlete, who was the best shot putter in the history of Swiss track and field.


Günthör won three straight World Championships, 1987, 1991, and 1993, as well as one European Championship in 1986. At the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul he won the bronze medal.

His personal best throw, and Swiss record, was 22.75 metres, achieved in August 1988 in Bern.[1]

The 2.00 meter tall athlete also competed in the bobsled. He trained to be a sanitation installer but later completed study in sports and works today as a sport teacher and track and field coach. He is married and lives in Biel.


  1. ^ Swiss athletics records

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Preceded by
Switzerland Pirmin Zurbriggen
Swiss Sportsman of the Year
1986 – 1987
Succeeded by
Switzerland Hippolyt Kempf
Preceded by
Switzerland Daniel Giubellini
Swiss Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by
Switzerland Tony Rominger