Jürgen Schult

Jürgen Schult (German pronunciation: [ˈjʏʁɡn̩ ˈʃʊlt], audio speaker iconaudio ; born 11 May 1960) is a German former track and field athlete and, as of September 2021, the world record holder in the discus. Dating from 1986, this is the longest-standing record in men's track and field. Schult represented East Germany in the 1988 Olympic discus competition, where he won the gold medal.

Jürgen Schult
Schult throwing discuss
Schult in 1988
Personal information
Born (1960-05-11) 11 May 1960 (age 61)[1]
Neuhaus, Hagenow, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, East Germany[1]
Height193 cm (6 ft 4 in)[1]
Weight110 kg (243 lb)[1]
  • East Germany (1979–1990)
  • Germany (1991–2000)
Event(s)Discus throw
ClubSchweriner SC
SC Riesa
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)74.08 m (1986)WR
Updated on 16 June 2015.


Born in Amt Neuhaus, now in Niedersachsen, Schult was unable to compete in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles due to his country's boycott of the games.

He set a world record in the discus in 1986. As an athlete under the East German program, his throw of 74.08 meters (243.0 ft) bested the previous record of Soviet athlete, Yuriy Dumchev, of 71.86 meters (235.8 ft). This discus world record still stands today and is the longest-standing men's world record ever (having surpassed the length of Jesse Owens' long jump record, which stood for 25 years and 79 days).[2]

In 1988, at the first ever track and field competition between East and West Germany, Schult refused to shake hands with his former teammate, Wolfgang Schmidt, after beating him; Schmidt had very shortly before moved from East to West Germany.

Later in his long sports career, Schult joined the reunified German team. He competed in a second Olympic Games in 1992, getting a silver medal, and the 1999 World Championships, again getting second place. He competed in his final Olympics in 2000 at the age of 40, finishing in eighth place.

Schult has a degree in sport, and in 2002 became the trainer of the German track and field association's men's discus team.

Schult represented the Traktor Schwerin sports club and trained with Dr. Hermann Brandt, later he represented the Schwerin and Riesa sports clubs and trained with Thomas Schult. While he was actively competing, he was 1.93 meters tall and weighed 110 kilograms.

International competitionsEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "Jürgen Schult". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  2. ^ Post, Marty (25 August 2011). After 51 years, Owens' longevity record finally falls. IAAF. Retrieved on 21 September 2011.

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Preceded by Men's Discus World and European Record Holder
6 June 1986 – present
Succeeded by