Wolfgang Hanisch
Wolfgang Hanisch at the 1977 European Cup
Personal information
Nationality East Germany
Born (1951-03-06) 6 March 1951 (age 70)
Großkorbetha, Saxony-Anhalt, East Germany
Height1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight92 kg (203 lb)
Country East Germany
Event(s)Javelin throw
ClubSC Chemie Halle
Coached byGünter Siegel
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)91.14 m (1978)

Wolfgang Hanisch (born 6 March 1951 in Großkorbetha, Sachsen-Anhalt) was an East German athlete who mainly competed in the javelin throw.

Hanisch had a long and successful international career competing for East Germany. He medalled in three consecutive editions of the European Athletics Championships, in Helsinki 1971, Rome 1974 and Prague 1978. His only Olympic appearance was the 1980 Summer Olympics held in Moscow, Soviet Union; there too, Hanisch was successful, winning the javelin bronze medal with a throw of 86.72 metres.[1] However, gold in major meets eluded Hanisch. His most notable victory was in the 1979 IAAF World Cup in Montreal, Canada, when he brought the East German team the full points with a throw of 86.48.[2]

Hanisch's personal best (with the old javelin design), thrown in Helsinki, Finland on 28 June 1978, was 91.14 metres, an East German record at the time.


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Wolfgang Hanisch". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  2. ^ "IAAF World Cup in Athletics". Athletics Weekly. Retrieved 9 November 2009.