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Hartwig Gauder
Gauder in 1994
Personal information
Born(1954-11-10)10 November 1954
Vaihingen an der Enz, West Germany
Died22 April 2020(2020-04-22) (aged 65)

Hartwig Gauder (10 November 1954 – 22 April 2020) was a German race walker who won a gold medal in the Men's 50 kilometres walk at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.

Born in West Germany, his family moved to East Germany in 1960 when they inherited property at Ilmenau. Gauder thus competed for East Germany.[1]

In 1996 Gauder started suffering from a virus infection of his heart. After living with an artificial heart for several months, he received a heart transplant. He subsequently took part in the New York Marathon several times. Being classified as a disabled participant due to his transplant, he was once disqualified for being too fast as there was a minimum time, which he underran.[1]

His recovery from almost dying to returning into a normal life was covered in a documentary shown on German documentary channel Phoenix.[1]

Gauder died while undergoing dialysis on 22 April 2020, aged 65.[2] The cause of death was a heart attack complicated by kidney failure.[3]

International competitions


  1. ^ a b c Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Hartwig Gauder". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Medienbericht - DDR-Olympia-Held Hartwig Gauder (65) tot!".
  3. ^ Houston, Michael (23 April 2020). "Olympic race walking gold medallist Gauder dies of heart attack". Inside the Games. Retrieved 30 April 2020.