Carlo Thränhardt

Carlo Thränhardt (born 5 July 1957) is a retired German high jumper. He excelled at indoor competitions, setting the world indoor record on three occasions between 1984 and 1988. His best mark of 2.42 meters ranks him second on the indoor all-time list one-centimetre behind world record holder Javier Sotomayor of Cuba. The only superior outdoor performances are Sotomayor's world record of 2.45, and Mutaz Essa Barshim's clearance of 2.43 in 2014. Like all modern high jumpers, Thränhardt used the Fosbury Flop style, but of the 16 men in history to have cleared 2.40 meters (7 ft 10 1/2in) or higher, he was only the second to do so jumping off his right leg. The first was Igor Paklin. At the European Indoor Championships, he won a gold medal in 1983 and four silver medals (1981,84, 86,87). Outdoors, his best championship result was winning a bronze medal at the 1986 European Championships. He also reached the Olympic finals in 1984 and 1988.

Carlo Thränhardt
Personal information
Born5 July 1957 (1957-07-05) (age 63)
Bad Lauchstadt, Saxony-Anhalt, East Germany


Thränhardt was born in Bad Lauchstadt, Saxony-Anhalt. He achieved his personal best performance in outdoor competitions with 2.37 m on 2 September 1984 in Rieti. This result is also the German outdoor record.[1]

Thränhardt was particularly well known for his prowess during the indoor track & field seasons. He set a total of three world indoor records. His first record jump was recorded on February 24, 1984, in the Schöneberger sports hall during which he achieved a mark of 2.37m. On January 16, 1987 in Simmerath, Germany he became the first man to clear 2.40 m indoors. This mark bested his countryman Dietmar Mögenburg's record of 2.39 m set in Cologne, Germany (1985).

On February 26, 1988 he set his last world indoor record of 2.42 m in the Schöneberger sports hall. By this time, the requirement for a roofless arena had recently been stricken from the world record (commonly known as "world outdoor record") rules, so this mark was also recognised as equalling Patrik Sjöberg's world record. It remained a world record until September 1988, when it was beaten by Javier Sotomayor (2.43 m), and a world indoor record until March 1989, when Sotomayor repeated this performance indoors. In 1990, roofs were again banned for world records, and Thränhardt's 2.42 m was retroactively removed from all official outdoor record and performance lists. Although roofs have once again been allowed (from 1998), this record (which would still be a European record shared with Sjöberg, as well as the German record) has not been retroactively reinstated. The second highest jump ever indoors, it remains the European indoor record.

Jumping as a masters athlete, Thränhardt set the M55 World Record at 1.87m at the Flopfest meet in Eberstadt, Germany.[2]

Carlo Thränhardt was firstly a member of ASV Köln, later moving to LG Bayer Leverkusen. He had a match weight of 86 kg and was 1.99 m tall.

In 2004 he participated in the RTL version of I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!.

National titlesEdit

International competitionsEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representintg   West Germany
1977 European Indoor Championships San Sebastián, Spain 9th 2.19 m
World Cup Düsseldorf, West Germany 4th 2.21 m
1978 European Indoor Championships Milan, Italy 9th 2.18 m
European Championships Prague, Czechoslovakia 5th 2.21 m
1980 European Indoor Championships Sindelfingen, West Germany 4th 2.26 m
Liberty Bell Classic Philadelphia, United States 3rd 2.22 m
1981 European Indoor Championships Grenoble, France 2nd 2.25 m
1982 European Indoor Championships Milan, Italy 6th 2.22 m
1983 European Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 1st 2.32 m
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 7th 2.26 m
1984 European Indoor Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 2nd 2.30 m
Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States 10th 2.15 m (2.24)
1986 European Indoor Championships Madrid, Spain 2nd 2.31 m
European Championships Stuttgart, West Germany 3rd 2.31 m
1987 European Indoor Championships Lievin, France 2nd 2.36 m
World Indoor Championships Indianapolis, United States NM (2.24)
World Championships Rome, Italy 8th 2.29 m
1988 European Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 8th 2.24 m
Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 7th 2.31 m
1989 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 5th 2.31 m
1990 European Championships Split, Yugoslavia 20th (q) 2.20 m


  • NM = no mark
  • Results with a (q) indicate overall position in qualifying round.
  • Results in parenthesis indicate height achieved in qualifying round.


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Preceded by
Dietmar Mögenburg
Patrik Sjöberg
Men's High Jump Indoor World Record Holder
January 16, 1987 – February 1, 1987
February 26, 1988 – March 4, 1989
Succeeded by
Patrik Sjöberg
Javier Sotomayor
Preceded by
Dietmar Mögenburg
Patrik Sjöberg
Men's High Jump European Indoor Record Holder
January 16, 1987 – February 1, 1987
February 26, 1988 –
(shared with Ivan Ukhov from February 24, 2014)
Succeeded by
Patrik Sjöberg