|Representing East Germany|
|1972 Munich||Pole vault|
|1968 Mexico City||Pole vault|
|1966 Budapest||Pole vault|
|1969 Athens||Pole vault|
|1971 Helsinki||Pole vault|
|1970 Torino||Pole vault|
Wolfgang Nordwig (born 27 August 1943) is a former East German pole vaulter who won the gold medal at the 1972 Summer Olympics with a clearance of 5.50 m (18 ft 01⁄2 in). He was born in Chemnitz, Saxony.
Nordwig won a bronze in the pole vault at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. He was a member of the East German team, the first time East and West Germany had sent separate teams to the Olympics. In the contest, Nordwig, the American Bob Seagren and the West-German Claus Schiprowski all cleared at 5.40 m, Seagren and Schiprowski on their second attempts and Nordwig on his third. All missed at 5.45 m. Seagren was the gold medal winner because he had had fewer misses at lower heights than Schiprowski.
Nordwig was Olympic champion at the pole vault at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Nordwig's keenest rivals for the title the Americans Bob Seagren, Steve Smith and Jan Johnson and the Swede Kjell Isaksson were amongst those vaulters banned by the world governing body the IAAF from competing with the lighter poles they had been using all season. An initial ban in July had been reversed on 27 August, but on the eve of the competition, 30 August, the IAAF reimposed their ban claiming the poles were new equipment and therefore invalid. Seagren, the defending champion, finished second; Johnson third; and Smith and Isaksson did not even qualify for the final. Nordwig had never preferred the new pole so was unaffected.
In the competition itself, Johnson was eliminated at 5.40 m with Nordwig clearing on his second attempt and Seagren on his third. Nordwig then cleared 5.45 m with Seagren unable to match him. Nordwig then underlined his triumph by clearing 5.50 m for a new Olympic record and his personal best.
He was also European champion three times: in 1966, 1969 and 1971. In addition, he was twice European indoor champion in 1971 and 1972.
Nordwig twice broke the pole vault world record. The first occasion was on 17 June 1970 in Berlin, Germany when he achieved a height of 5.45 m (17 ft 10.6 in). The second was on 3 September 1970 in Turin, Italy when he broke his own world record with a height of 5.46 m (17 ft 11.0 in).
Nordwig studied for a diploma in physics and a doctorate in economics. He worked for VEB Carl Zeiss Jena eventually becoming a director of research and development. Later, he was managing director of a travel company in Berlin.
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- http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?depth=1&ei=PVdPUbPbKMWsO63UgIgD&hl=en&prev=/search%3Fq%3D%2522wolfgang%2Bnordwig%2522%26start%3D40%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN%26biw%3D1242%26bih%3D515&rurl=translate.google.co.uk&sl=de&u=http://www.uni-protokolle.de/Lexikon/Wolfgang_Nordwig.html&usg=ALkJrhiq7_jNM2TPy_7eMIEYVjBkIYnDpQ "Wolfgang Nordwig", uni-protokolle.de. Translated from German. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2gLtXIzc_U Nordwig at 1970 Universiade
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6pRZCvAPlc The Highest - Arthur Penn
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbALQiLLbEU 1972 - Wolfgang Nordwig vs Bob Seagren - Pole Vault - München Olympics
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89_rCjwGiDQ 1968 - Bob Seagren vs Wolfgang Nordwig - Pole Vault - Mexico City
|Men's Pole Vault World Record Holder
17 June 1970 – 24 October 1970
|East German Sportsman of the Year