Danny Ecker
Personal information
Full nameDaniel Ecker
Born21 July 1977 (1977-07-21) (age 44)
Leverkusen, Germany
Ecker at the 2007 World Championships
Ecker at the 2007 World Championships

Daniel "Danny" Ecker (born 21 July 1977 in Leverkusen) is a former German athlete competing in the pole vault.


His current personal best is 5.93 metres, but through his indoor best performance of 6.00 metres he has a place in the so-called 6 metres club. 5.93 ranks him fourth among German pole vaulters, behind Tim Lobinger, Andrei Tivontchik and Michael Stolle.[1]

He won a bronze medal at the 2007 IAAF World Championships and the 1999 IAAF World Indoor Championships and placed fourth at the 1999 World Championships. At the Olympic Games he finished eighth in 2000 and fifth in 2004. He won the 2007 European Athletics Indoor Championships.[2]

Danny Ecker is the son of Heide Rosendahl, who became Olympic long jump champion in 1972, and US basketball player John Ecker. His team is Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Danny Ecker married in 2006. He has two daughters.

He stated that he would retire from competition at the end of the 2012 season after he missed the German Championships (and qualification for the European Championships and Olympic Games) due to an injury.[3]

Competition record

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Germany
1996 World Junior Championships Sydney, Australia 3rd 5.30 m
1997 European U23 Championships Turku, Finland 15th (q) 5.20 m
1998 European Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 3rd 5.75 m
European Championships Budapest, Hungary 4th 5.76 m
1999 World Indoor Championships Maebashi, Japan 3rd 5.85 m
European U23 Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 5th 5.50 m
World Championships Seville, Spain 4th 5.70 m
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 8th 5.80 m
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 11th 5.65 m
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 5th 5.75 m
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 11th NM
2007 European Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 1st 5.71 m
World Championships Osaka, Japan 3rd 5.81 m
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 6th 5.70 m
2009 European Indoor Championships Turin, Italy 9th (q) 5.65 m

See also


  1. ^ ""Ewige" Bestenliste der deutschen Leichtathletik" ["Eternal" list of the best in German athletics] (PDF). leichtathletik.de (in German). Deutscher Leichtathletik-Verband. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 July 2007.
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Danny Ecker". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2016-12-04.
  3. ^ Pole vaulter Mohr warms up for Helsinki with world-leading 5.91m Archived 2012-06-29 at the Wayback Machine. European Athletics (2012-06-24). Retrieved on 2012-06-24.