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Lars Peter Riedel (born 28 June 1967 in Zwickau) a former German discus thrower. Riedel has the seventh longest discus throw of all-time with a personal best of 71.50m.

Lars Riedel
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Personal information
Full nameLars Peter Riedel
Born28 June 1967 (1967-06-28) (age 52)
Zwickau, Saxony, East Germany
Height1.99 m (6 ft 6 in)
Weight110 kg (243 lb)
  • East Germany (1986–1990)
  • Germany (1991–2006)
Event(s)Discus throw
ClubUSC Mainz
LAC Erdgas Chemnitz
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)71.50 m (1997)

Riedel began his discus career in the former German Democratic Republic. He grew up in Thurm which is next to Zwickau. In 1983, he went to join SC Karl-Marx-Stadt. His first important competitions were the IAAF World Junior Championship in 1986 and the European Championship in 1990. When the GDR went down Riedel stopped training regularly. Soon after Riedel met his coach Karlheinz Steinmetz from USC Mainz he began training once again his sport career. In the 1990s, he became a dominating figure on the German discus scene. With his good physical constitution (1.99 m, 115 kg) he took part in the Olympic Games of Atlanta. There he won his only Olympic title. Furthermore, he won the IAAF World Championship five times.

He is separated from his wife Kerstin. They have a son, Robert.



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External linksEdit

  • RIEDEL (in Polish)
  • Lars Riedel at IAAF
  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Lars Riedel". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC.