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Uwe Beyer (14 April 1945 – 15 April 1993) was a West German hammer thrower. He competed at the 1964, 1968 and 1972 Olympics and won the bronze medal in 1964, representing the United Team of Germany, and later finished fourth in 1972 representing West Germany. He won the European title in 1971 and finished third in 1966 and fifth in 1974. Domestically Beyer won eight consecutive German titles in 1964–71, and received the Silbernes Lorbeerblatt in 1964. He also starred as Siegfried in Die Nibelungen (1966/1967 film). Beyer had a degree in physical education and in retirement ran a sports store in Mainz. His father Erich competed nationally in the shot put.[2]

Uwe Beyer
Uwe Beyer 1972.jpg
Uwe Beyer in 1972
Personal information
Born(1945-04-14)14 April 1945
Timmendorf, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Died15 April 1993(1993-04-15) (aged 48)
Belek, Turkey
Height1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight108 kg (238 lb)
Event(s)Hammer throw
ClubHolstein Kiel
Bayer Leverkusen
Universitätssportclub Mainz
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)74.90 m (1971)[1]

Beyer suffered a fatal heart attack while playing tennis in the Turkish beach resort of Belek, possibly as a delayed result of the use of anabolic steroids throughout his career, to which he freely admitted in a 1977 interview in the "Aktuelles Sportstudio" on ZDF.[2][3]


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  2. ^ a b Uwe Beyer.
  3. ^ "15.04.1993, Uwe Beyer" (in German). Archived from the original on 2 March 2008.