Schönlebe in 1986
|Born||6 August 1965 54) (age|
Frauenstein, Democratic Republic of Germany
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||74 kg (163 lb)|
Thomas Schönlebe (born 6 August 1965) is a retired East German track and field athlete who competed in the 400 metres. He won the gold medal at the 1987 World Championships. In that race, he set a European record of 44.33 seconds which still stands as of 2018.
Track and field is a sport which includes athletic contests established on the skills of running, jumping, and throwing. The name is derived from where the sport takes place, a running track and a grass field for the throwing and some of the jumping events. Track and field is categorized under the umbrella sport of athletics, which also includes road running, cross country running, and race walking.
The 400 metres, or 400 metre dash, is a sprinting event in track and field competitions. It has been featured in the athletics programme at the Summer Olympics since 1896 for men and since 1964 for women. On a standard outdoor running track, it is one lap around the track. Runners start in staggered positions and race in separate lanes for the entire course. In many countries, athletes previously competed in the 440 yard dash (402.336 m)—which is a quarter of a mile and was referred to as the 'quarter-mile'—instead of the 400 m (437.445 yards), though this distance is now obsolete.
The 2nd World Championships in Athletics under the auspices of the International Association of Athletics Federations were held in the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy between August 28 and September 6, 1987.
A year earlier, Schönlebe had finished second at the 1986 European Championships in Stuttgart behind Roger Black. One of his last achievements was the third place at the 1993 World Championships in Stuttgart with the (now unified) German 4 × 400 m relay team.
The 14th European Athletics Championships were held from 26 to 31 August 1986 at the Neckarstadion, now known as Mercedes-Benz Arena, in Stuttgart, a city in West Germany. Contemporaneous reports on the event were given in the Glasgow Herald.
Roger Anthony BlackMBE is a British retired athlete. During his athletics career, he won individual silver medals in the 400 metres sprint at both the Olympic Games and World Championships, two individual gold medals at the European Championships, and 4 × 400 metres relay gold medals at both the World and European Championships. Since retiring from athletics, he has worked as a television presenter and motivational speaker. In 2008, Black joined forces with fellow athlete Steve Backley and operate BackleyBlack LLP delivering Olympic Performance in the Workplace. Black has a collection of fifteen medals from major senior athletics competitions to add to his two European junior championship gold medals.
The 4th World Championships in Athletics, under the auspices of the International Association of Athletics Federations, were held in the Gottlieb Daimler Stadium, Stuttgart, Germany between August 13 and August 22 with the participation of 187 nations. Having originally being held every four years in 1983, 1987 and 1991 these championships began a two-year cycle between events.
Schönlebe achieved three world indoor records during his career:
Note: Schönlebe's first record has the distinction of being the inaugural record at the distance when the IAAF established the category of world indoor records on January 1 1987.
Schönlebe later became chief executive officer of his hometown club, LAC Erdgas Chemnitz
In 1994, he was the awarded the Rudolf Harbig Memorial Award.
|1983||European Junior Championships||Schwechat, Austria||1st||400 m||45.64|
|1st||4 × 400 m||3:04.95|
|European Cup||London, UK||2nd||400 m||45.70|
|1985||World Indoor Games||Paris, France||1st||400 m||45.60|
|European Cup||Moscow, Soviet Union||1st||400 m||44.96|
|World Cup||Canberra, Australia||2nd||400 m||44.72|
|2nd||4 × 400 m||3:00.82|
|1986||European Indoor Championships||Madrid, Spain||1st||400 m||46.98|
|European Championships||Stuttgart, Germany||2nd||400 m||44.63|
|6th||4 × 400 m||3:04.87|
|1987||World Championships||Rome, Italy||1st||400 m||44.33|
|heats||4 × 400 m||DNF|
|European Cup||Prague, Czechoslovakia||1st||400 m||44.96|
|1st||4 × 400 m||3:00.80|
|1988||European Indoor Championships||Budapest, Hungary||4th (sf)||400 m||46.86|
|Olympic Games||Seoul, South Korea||9th (sf)||400 m||44.90|
|4th||4 × 400 m||3:01.13|
|1989||World Cup||Barcelona, Spain||5th||4 × 400 m||3:02.73|
|1990||European Championships||Solit, Yugoslavia||2nd||400 m||45.13|
|3rd||4 × 400 m||3:01.51|
|1991||World Indoor Championships||Seville, Spain||1st||4 × 400 m||3:03.05|
|1992||Olympic Games||Barcelona, Spain||15th (qf)||400 m||45.46|
|heats||4 × 400 m||DNF|
|1993||World Championships||Stuttgart, Germany||3rd||4 × 400 m||2:59.99|
|(#) Indicates overall position in quartefinal (qf) or semifinal (sf) round|
Note: Schönlebe qualified for the 1988 European Indoor final but withdrew.
Schonlebe was ranked among the best in the world at the 400 m sprint events in the period 1983–87 (including world number one in 1987), according to the votes of the experts of Track and Field News .
Related Research Articles
Antonio McKay Sr. is a former track and field athlete who specialized in the 400 meters.
Petra Schersing is a retired East German sprinter who specialised in the 400 metres. She represented sports club SC Chemie Halle and was coached by Harold Werner. At the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, she won a silver medal in the 400 metres and a bronze medal in the 4×400 metres relay.
Leslie Djhone is a French track and field athlete who competes in the 400 metres and 4 x 400 metres relay.
Cornelia Oschkenat, is a German former track and field athlete who represented East Germany. She competed at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul. At the 1987 World Championships in Rome, she won a bronze medal in the 100 metres hurdles with a time of 12.46s as well as silver medal as a member of the East German 4 × 100 metres relay team.
Sabine Busch is a retired East German athlete, who specialised in the 400 metres and the 400 metres hurdles. In 1987, she became the World Champion at 400 m hurdles and the World Indoor Champion at 400 m.
Ralf Lübke is a retired West German athlete who specialized in the 200 metres.
Mathias Schersing is a retired East German sprinter who specialized in the 400 metres.
Erwin Skamrahl is a retired German track and field athlete who competed in the 200 and 400 metres.
Karl Honz is a retired German track and field athlete who competed in the sprints. He held the European record in the 400 metres from 1972 until 1980 with a time of 44.70 s.
These are the official results of the Men's 4 × 400 metre relay event at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. There were a total number of 21 nations competing.
Kevin Borlée is a Belgian sprinter, who specializes in the 400 metres.
Terri A. Dendy is a former American track and field athlete from Wilmington, Delaware. Dendy was ranked among the top ten women in the U.S. for the 400 meters event from 1986 through 1989 and again in 1993. She was an alternate on the U.S. 4 x 400 meters relay team at the 1988 Summer Olympics.
Jonathan Borlée is a Belgian sprinter, who specializes in the 400 metres. He qualified for the finals of the 400 metres at the 2012 Summer Olympics. He was a semi-finalist at the 2008 Summer Olympics and winner at the 2009 NCAA Championships.
Slobodan Branković is a Serbian former track and field athlete who specialised in the 400 metres. He is currently the general secretary of the Athletics Federation of Serbia.
Steven Solomon is an Australian Olympic sprinter. He is a five-time defending Australian 400 metres champion.
Anthony Raye Ketchum is an American former sprinter.
Dylan Borlée is a Belgian track and field sprinter who competes in the 400 metres. He holds a personal best of 45.57 seconds for the event. He was the silver medallist at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in 2015. He has also represented Belgium at the World Championships in Athletics and IAAF World Relays as part of the national 4×400 metres relay team.
Kahmari Montgomery is an American track and field sprinter specializing in the 400 m for Nike. He was the men's 400 m champion at the USA Championships in 2018, and at the NCAA Division I Championships in 2019. He represented the United States in the 4 × 400 m relay at the World U20 Championships in 2016 and at the inaugural Athletics World Cup in 2018, earning gold medals in both competitions.