West German Athletics Championships
Athletics pictogram.svg
SportTrack and field
Founded1946
Ceased1990
CountryWest Germany
Related
competitions
East German Athletics Championships

The West German Athletics Championships (German: Deutsche Leichtathletik-Meisterschaften) was an annual outdoor track and field competition organised by the German Athletics Association, which served as the West German national championships for the sport. The two- or three-day event was held in summer months, varying from late June to early August, and the venue changed annually.

The German Athletics Championships had a long history, dating back to 1898.[1] After the division of Germany at the end of World War II, the organising body of the all-Germany championships, the German Athletics Association, remained in West Germany. As a result, when the national championships resumed in 1946, only West German athletes could compete in them. This prompted the creation of the East German Athletics Championships.[2][3]

Events

The following athletics events were held at the West German Championships:

Track

100 metres, 200 metres, 400 metres, 800 metres, 1500 metres, 3000 metres (women only), 5000 metres (men only), 10,000 metres, marathon

Obstacles

100 metres hurdles (women only), 110 metres hurdles (men only), 400 metres hurdles, 3000 metres steeplechase (men only)

Jumping

Pole vault (men only), high jump, long jump, triple jump (men only)

Throwing

Shot put, discus throw, javelin throw, hammer throw (men only)

Combined events

Decathlon (men only), heptathlon (women only)

A men's 200 metres hurdles was held up to the 1965 championships, and a men's pentathlon was on the combined events programme through 1973.

Women's events expanded with the international acceptance of women's athletics. The women's 1500 metres was added in 1968, 3000 metres in 1973, and 10,000 mW ten years later. The 80 metres hurdles was held until 1968, when it was replaced by the international standard 100 metres hurdles. A women's 400 m hurdles was first held in 1975. The last women's pentathlon was held in 1980, then replaced by the new heptathlon event. Women's triple jump, pole vault, hammer throw and steeplechase were not held, as they were not yet standard international events.[3]

Editions

Edition Year Location Venue Dates
46. 1946 Frankfurt Waldstadion 24–25 August 1946
47. 1947 Köln Müngersdorfer Stadion 9–10 August 1947
48. 1948 Nürnberg Städtisches Stadion 14–15 August 1948
49. 1949 Bremen Weserstadion 6–7 August 1949
50. 1950 Stuttgart Neckarstadion 5–6 August 1950
51. 1951 Düsseldorf Rheinstadion 28–29 July 1951
52. 1952 Berlin Olympiastadion 28–29 June 1952
53. 1953 Augsburg Rosenaustadion 25–26 July 1953
54. 1954 Hamburg Volksparkstadion 6–8 August 1954
55. 1955 Frankfurt Waldstadion 4–7 August 1955
56. 1956 Berlin Olympiastadion 17–19 August 1956
57. 1957 Düsseldorf Rheinstadion 16–18 August 1957
58. 1958 Hannover Niedersachsenstadion 18–20 July 1958
59. 1959 Stuttgart Neckarstadion 24–26 July 1959
60. 1960 Berlin Olympiastadion 22–24 July 1960
61. 1961 Düsseldorf Rheinstadion 28–30 July 1961
62. 1962 Hamburg Volksparkstadion 27–29 July 1962
63. 1963 Augsburg Rosenaustadion 9–11 August 1963
64. 1964 Berlin Olympiastadion 7–9 August 1964
65. 1965 Duisburg Wedaustadion 6–8 August 1965
66. 1966 Hannover Niedersachsenstadion 5–7 August 1966
67. 1967 Stuttgart Neckarstadion 4–6 August 1967
68. 1968 Berlin Olympiastadion 16–18 August 1968
69. 1969 Düsseldorf Rheinstadion 15–17 August 1969
70. 1970 Berlin Olympiastadion 7–9 August 1970
71. 1971 Stuttgart Neckarstadion 9–11 July 1971
72. 1972 München Olympiastadion 19–23 July 1972
73. 1973 Berlin Olympiastadion 20–22 July 1973
74. 1974 Hannover Niedersachsenstadion 26–28 July 1974
75. 1975 Gelsenkirchen Parkstadion 28–29 June 1975
76. 1976 Frankfurt am Main Waldstadion 13–15 August 1976
77. 1977 Hamburg Volksparkstadion 5–7 August 1977
78. 1978 Köln Müngersdorfer Stadion 11–13 August 1978
79. 1979 Stuttgart Neckarstadion 10–12 August 1979
80. 1980 Hannover Niedersachsenstadion 15–17 August 1980
81. 1981 Gelsenkirchen Parkstadion 17–19 July 1981
82. 1982 München Olympiastadion 23–25 July 1982
83. 1983 Bremen Weserstadion 24–26 June 1983
84. 1984 Düsseldorf Rheinstadion 22–24 June 1984
85. 1985 Stuttgart Neckarstadion 2–4 August 1985
86. 1986 Berlin Olympiastadion 11–13 July 1986
87. 1987 Gelsenkirchen Parkstadion 10–12 July 1987
88. 1988 Frankfurt Waldstadion 22–24 July 1988
89. 1989 Hamburg Volksparkstadion 11–12 August 1989
90. 1990 Düsseldorf Rheinstadion 10–12 August 1990

References

  1. ^ German Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2016-08-23.
  2. ^ East German Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
  3. ^ a b West German Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved 2018-03-22.