Volker Beck (athlete)
Volker Beck at a 400m hurdles race in 1981
|Representing East Germany|
|1980 Moscow||400 m hurdles|
|1980 Moscow||4 × 400 m relay|
|IAAF World Cup|
|1977 Düsseldorf||400 m|
|1977 Düsseldorf||400 m hurdles|
|1981 Rome||400 m hurdles|
With the best 400 m hurdler in the late 1970s and early 1980s Edwin Moses missing due to the boycott, the most likely winner of the Olympic gold was Volker Beck, the East German 400 m hurdles champion in 1980, 1981 and 1983.
In Moscow, Beck won the 400 m hurdles in 48,70 s, beating second-placed Vasyl Arkhypenko from Soviet Union by 0.16 seconds, although it was the slowest Olympic final since 1964. Beck won his second Olympic medal in 4 × 400 m relay, when he was beaten to a second place by Soviet anchor Viktor Markin.
After his athletics career, Beck started to work as a coach, among other things he was a coach of German National Team.
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