Harald Schmid

Harald Schmid (born 29 September 1957) is a retired German track and field athlete who competed in the sprints and hurdles. He was one of the best 400 metres hurdles runners in the world during his career.

Harald Schmid
Personal information
Born29 September 1957 (1957-09-29) (age 63)
Hanau, Germany
Height1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight82 kg (181 lb)
SportTrack and field


Schmid won bronze with the West German 4 × 400 m relay team at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal as well as an individual bronze in the 400 m hurdles at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles in 1984.

In addition, he won silver at the 1983 World Championships in the 400 m hurdles and the 4 × 400 m relay and a further bronze in 400 m hurdles at the 1987 World Championships. At the latter, he finished only 0.02 s behind the gold medalist Edwin Moses; Schmid's duels with Moses during the late 1970s and early 1980s were famous and Schmid was the last person to beat Moses before his streak of 122 consecutive victories. Moses said of him: "I would wake up at the morning, and in California we’re about nine hours behind Germany. I’d say to myself, ‘Harald has probably finished his workout by now, I need to get busy!’ Guys like him were my motivation."[1]

Schmid also won gold at the European Championships 5 times (3 individual and 2 team medals) and one silver with the team.

His personal best in the 400 m hurdles was 47.48 s (achieved twice: in 1982 and at the World Championships in 1987), which at one point was the European record and the second fastest time ever.

In 2016, he was inducted into Germany's Sports Hall of Fame.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Schmid has a PhD in Sports Science and was appointed to the IAAF athletes commission in 1999. He participates actively in anti-drug campaigns and encourages children's sport activities.


  1. ^ http://www.iaaf.org/news/news/barcelona-press-points-ed-moses-kevin-young-a
  2. ^ "Meldung 24 05 2016". www.hall-of-fame-sport.de. Archived from the original on 2016-07-17. Retrieved 2016-07-17.

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Preceded by
Boris Becker
Eberhard Gienger
German Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by
Michael Groß
Guido Kratschmer
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Edwin Moses
Men's 400 m hurdles season's best
Succeeded by
Edwin Moses