(born February 9, 1965) is a former German athlete
and winner of 5000 m at the 1992 Summer Olympics
Born in Blaustein
, Germany (then West Germany
), Dieter Baumann was one of the few non-African
athletes who were able to seriously challenge the African dominance of middle-distance running
during the 1990s. Baumann was equally adept at both the 1500 m and 5000 m distances.
Although Baumann came second in the 3000 m at the European Indoor Championships in 1987, few considered him a medal chance at the Seoul Olympic Games
. The 5000 m final at Seoul
was won by John Ngugi
who broke away from the field early in the race. However, Baumann used his superior 1500 m speed to outsprint the rest of the field in the final lap to win the silver medal. Baumann missed most of the 1990 season due to tendon
trouble, but he returned in 1991 to finish fourth in the 5000 m at the World Championships
. At the end of the season, Baumann unexpectedly beat the Kenyan 5000 m world champion Yobes Ondieki
over 3000 m in Cologne.
In early 1992 Baumann narrowly missed the 3000 m world indoor record. In June, at a meeting in Seville he set a new German record over 5000 m (13:09.03). At the Olympics in Barcelona
, the 5000 m final started at a fast pace, but then slowed, increasing Baumann's advantage due to his finishing kick. However, he got boxed in amongst four African runners in the back straight of the last lap, and was only able to get out into the clear coming into the... Read More