Ulf Timmermann

Ulf Béla Timmermann (born 1 November 1962, in East Berlin) is a German shot putter who broke many world records during the 1980s and is the first and one of only two people to ever throw over 23 metres (along with Randy Barnes).

Ulf Timmermann
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Ulf Timmermann in 1989
Personal information
Full nameUlf Béla Timmermann
Born (1962-11-01) 1 November 1962 (age 57)
East Berlin, East Germany
Height194 cm (6 ft 4 in)[1]
Weight118 kg (260 lb)[1]
  • East Germany (1981–1990)
  • Germany (1991–1992)
SportAthletics (track and field)
Event(s)Shot put
ClubBerliner TSC
OSC Berlin
Coached byWerner Goldmann
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)23.06 Sport records icon EU.svg (1988)

Timmermann was born in Berlin to an athletic family and took up shot put at 13. He broke his first world record in 1985 with a throw of 22.62 meters. On 22 May 1988 he became the first person to throw over 23 meters with a throw of 23.06 meters at Chania, Greece.

He won gold for East Germany at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, ahead of Randy Barnes of the U.S.. The fourth place throw at this competition would have won every previous Olympics in the shot put. At the 1992 Olympics, he represented Germany, but finished a disappointing fifth. He left competition afterwards.

Timmermann is the farthest thrower of all time in the shot put using the glide technique. He also passed 22 metres in 16 different competitions. His coach was Mr Werner Goldmann who is currently coaching shot put and discus throw in Berlin.

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Preceded by
Udo Beyer
Men's Shot Put World Record Holder
22 September 1985 – 20 August 1986
Succeeded by
Udo Beyer
Preceded by
Alessandro Andrei
Men's Shot Put World Record Holder
22 May 1988 – 20 May 1990
Succeeded by
Randy Barnes
Preceded by
Alessandro Andrei
Men's Shot Put European Record Holder
22 May 1988 – Present
Succeeded by
Olympic Games
Preceded by
Kristina Richter
Flagbearer for   East Germany
Seoul 1988
Succeeded by
  1. ^ a b "Ulf TIMMERMANN". olympicchannel.com. Olympic Channel Services. Retrieved 18 September 2020.