Willi Holdorf

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Willi Holdorf
Willi Holdorf 1964.jpg
Willi Holdorf at the 1964 Olympics
Personal information
Born 17 February 1940 (1940-02-17) (age 77)
Blomesche Wildnis, Germany[1]
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 90 kg (200 lb)
Sport Decathlon
Club Bayer Leverkusen
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 7726 (1964)

Willi Holdorf (born 17 February 1940) is a retired West German athlete. In 1964 he won the first Olympic medal for Germany in decathlon and was named German Sportspersonality of the Year. In 1997, he became a member of the German Olympic Committee, and in 2011 inducted into the German Sports Hall of Fame.[1]

Holdorf was the German champion in 1961 and 1963 in decathlon, and in 1962 in the 200 m hurdles. He placed fifth in decathlon at the European Championships in 1962 and 1964. He was trained as a high-voltage electrician, but later worked as a sporting goods representative and a coach, both in athletics and football. He coached Olympic pole vaulter Claus Schiprowski, Reinhard Kuretzky and Günther Nickel, and later managed German Bundesliga side SC Fortuna Köln in football.[1][2][3]

Holdorf is the father of Dirk Holdorf, a former professional football player.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Willi Holdorf. Sports Reference
  2. ^ "Holdorf at the Hall of Fame of German Sports" (in German). hall-of-fame-sport.de. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Willi Holdorf – Ein wahrer König der Athleten" (in German). ndr.de. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Germany Gerhard Hetz
German Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by
Germany Hans-Joachim Klein