Werner Lampe

Werner Lampe (born 30 November 1952)[1] is a retired German swimmer and Olympic medalist. He is the brother of Hans Lampe and father of Oliver Lampe. He participated at the 1972 and 1976 Summer Olympics, winning a silver medal in 4 × 200 m freestyle relay, and a bronze medal in 200 m freestyle in 1972.[2]

Werner Lampe
Steve Genter, Mark Spitz and Werner Lampe after winning the 200 m freestyle at the 1972 Olympics
Personal information
Born30 November 1952 (1952-11-30) (age 67)[1]
Hannover, Germany
Height1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Weight80 kg (176 lb)
ClubSSF Bonn 1905, Bonn
SVW 05, Würzburg

Lampe shaved off his hair before the 200 m Olympic race in 1972 to reduce the water drag, and then wore a wig at the award ceremony.[3]

After retiring from competitions Lampe worked as a swimming coach.[1] In 2005, aged 52, he defended a PhD at the University of Hannover on the role of exercise in diabetics and overweight persons.[4]


  1. Werner Lampe. Internationales Sportarchiv. 16 October 1995
  2. "Werner Lampe". Sports-Reference. Retrieved 19 March 2011.
  3. See File:Werner Lampe 1972b.jpg
  4. Ex-Schwimmstar Lampe promoviert mit 52 Jahren. welt.de. 11 March 2005.
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