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Hans-Jürgen Orthmann
German athletics competitor

Hans-Jürgen Orthmann

Hans-Jürgen Orthmann
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Intro German athletics competitor
Is Athlete
From Germany
Field Sports
Gender male
Birth 5 February 1954
Age 68 years
Star sign Aquarius
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Hans-Jürgen Orthmann (born 5 February 1954) is a German former long-distance runner who competed for West Germany. He made thirteen consecutive appearances at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships from 1975 to 1987. His highest honour was a silver medal in 1980. He was a seven-time national champion, taking three titles in cross country running, two in road running and two in track.
His silver medal at the 1980 IAAF World Cross Country Championships made him only the second German to win an individual medal at the competition, after 1977 bronze medallist Detlef Uhlemann. Orthmann's finish remains the best ever by a German athlete. Orthmann was consistently among the best performing West German men at the competition in the 1970s and 1980s, scoring points for team alongside others including Michael Karst, Christoph Herle, Michael Scheytt and Ralf Salzmann. Their best finishes in the team competition were fourth place, achieved in 1977 and 1979.
He won his first international medal as a teenager, taking the 3000 metres gold at the 1973 European Athletics Junior Championships. He represented West Germany as a senior in that event four times at the European Athletics Indoor Championships, including a bronze medal at the 1980 edition.
Among his performances on the professional circuit were a win at the Hyogo Relays in 1982 and a runner-up finish at the 1977 Paderborner Osterlauf.

Personal bests

  • 3000 metres – 7:48.09 min (1976)
  • 5000 metres – 13:30.53 min (1982)
  • 10,000 metres – 28:02.92 min (1985)

All info from All-Athletics

International competitions

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
1973 European Junior Championships Duisburg, West Germany 1st 3000 m 8:03.4
1975 World Cross Country Championships Rabat, Morocco 9th Senior race 35:55
9th Senior team 310 pts
1976 World Cross Country Championships Chepstow, United Kingdom 22nd Senior race 35:52
7th Senior team 292 pts
European Indoor Championships Munich, West Germany 8th 3000 m 8:10.4
1977 World Cross Country Championships Düsseldorf, West Germany 12th Senior race 38:20
4th Senior team 226 pts
1978 World Cross Country Championships Glasgow, United Kingdom 39th Senior race 41:08
7th Senior team 240 pts
1979 World Cross Country Championships Limerick, Ireland 24th Senior race 38:30
4th Senior team 211 pts
1980 World Cross Country Championships Paris, France 2nd Senior race 37:02
10th Senior team 343 pts
European Indoor Championships Sindelfingen, West Germany 3rd 3000 m 7:59.9a
1981 World Cross Country Championships Madrid, Spain 28th Senior race 35:50
11th Senior team 475 pts
1982 World Cross Country Championships Rome, Italy 29th Senior race 34:50.4
8th Senior team 330 pts
European Indoor Championships Milan, Italy 7th 3000 m 8:00.53
1983 World Cross Country Championships Gateshead, United Kingdom 18th Senior race 37:35
9th Senior team 322 pts
European Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 9th 3000 m 8:01.83
1984 World Cross Country Championships East Rutherford, United States 45th Senior race 34:34
11th Senior team 402 pts
1985 World Cross Country Championships Lisbon, Portugal 57th Senior race 34:54
11th Senior team 441 pts
1986 World Cross Country Championships Colombier, Switzerland 117th Senior race 38:23
22nd Senior team 832 pts
1987 World Cross Country Championships Warsaw, Poland 101st Senior race 38:39
13th Senior team 588 pts

National titles

  • West German Athletics Championships
    • 5000 metres: 1974
    • 10,000 metres: 1982
  • West German Road Championships
    • 25 kilometres: 1979, 1980
  • West German Cross Country Championships
    • Long course: 1983, 1984
    • Short course: 1980

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