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Jürgen Schult
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Personal information
Born 11 May 1960 (1960-05-11) (age 61)
Neuhaus, Hagenow, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, East Germany
Height 193 centimetres (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 110 kilograms (243 lb)
  • East Germany (1979–1990)
  • Germany (1991–2000)
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Discus throw
Club Schweriner SC
SC Riesa
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 74.08 m (1986)WR
Updated on 16 June 2015.

Jürgen Schult ( ; born 11 May 1960) is a German former track and field athlete and as of 2021, the world record holder in the discus throw. Holding the title since 1986, it is the longest standing record in men's track and field. Schult represented East Germany in the 1988 Olympic competition in the discus throw on 1 October 1988, when he won the gold medal.


Born in Amt Neuhaus, now in Niedersachsen, Schult was unable to compete in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles due to his country's boycott of the games. He set a world record in the discus in 1986. As an athlete under the East German program, his throw of 74.08 meters (243.0 ft) bested the previous record of Soviet athlete, Yuriy Dumchev, of 71.86 meters (235.8 ft). This discus world record still stands today and is the longest-standing men's world record ever (having surpassed the length of Jesse Owens's long jump record, which stood for 25 years and 79 days).

In 1988, at the first track and field competition ever between East and West Germany, Schult refused to shake hands with his former teammate who he had beaten, Wolfgang Schmidt, who had very shortly before moved from East to West Germany.

Later in his long sports career, Schult joined the reunified German team. He competed in a second Olympic Games in 1992, getting a silver medal, and the 1999 World Championships, again getting second place. He competed in his final Olympics in 2000 at the age of 40, finishing in 8th place.

Schult has a degree in sport and in 2002 became the trainer of the German track and field association's men's discus team.

Schult represented the Traktor Schwerin sports club and trained with Dr. Hermann Brandt, later he represented the Schwerin and Riesa sports clubs and trained with Thomas Schult. While he was actively competing he was 1.93 meters tall and weighed 110 kilograms.

International competitions

  • 1979 European Athletics Junior Championships: 1st place
  • 1983 World Championships in Athletics: 5th place (64.92)
  • 1986 European Athletics Championships: 7th Place (64.38)
  • 1987 World Championships in Athletics: 1st place (68.74)
  • 1988 Olympic Games: 1st place (68.82)
  • 1990 European Athletics Championships: 1st place (64.58)
  • 1991 World Championships in Athletics: 6th place (63.12)
  • 1992 Olympic Games: 2nd place (64.94)
  • 1993 World Championships in Athletics: 3rd place (66.12)
  • 1994 European Athletics Championships: 3rd place
  • 1995 World Championships in Athletics: 5th place (64.44)
  • 1996 Olympic Games: 6th place
  • 1997 World Championships in Athletics: 3rd place (66.14)
  • 1998 European Athletics Championships: 2nd place
  • 1999 World Championships in Athletics: 2nd place (68.18)
  • 2000 Olympic Games: 8th place (64.41)
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