Georg Werthner

Dr. Georg Werthner (born April 7, 1956 in Linz) is a decathlete from Austria, who was the first athlete to finish four Olympic decathlons. In the 1988 Olympics, Daley Thompson crossed the finish-line a little more than 18 seconds after him to become the second athlete to do this.

Werthner was the Austrian national champion in the decathlon 8 times (1975, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, and 1988), along with being individual event champion in long jump (1977), triple jump (1977, 1979, 1980, and 1982), javelin throw (1979-1981, 1983, 1984, and 1988).[1] Running with his ULC Linz club, he was a member of their 1980 and 1981 winning 4x100 metres relay team, and their 1980 4x400 metres relay team. He is now part of their hall of fame, still holding club records for high jump, pole vault, javelin throw, pentathlon and decathlon.[2] He switched to the Zehnkampf-Union decathlon club in 1984.

Werthner is still active in Masters athletics and has won numerous World Masters Athletics Championships.[3][4]


Year Tournament Venue Result Distance
1975 World Student Games Rome, Italy 5th Decathlon
1976 Olympic Games Montreal, Canada 16th Decathlon
1979 World Student Games Mexico City, Mexico 6th Decathlon
1980 Olympic Games Moscow, Soviet Union 4th Decathlon
1981 World Student Games Bucharest, Romania 3rd Decathlon
1982 European Championships Athens, Greece 5th Decathlon
1983 World Student Games Edmonton, Canada 3rd Decathlon
1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States 9th Decathlon
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 21st Decathlon


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