07 October, 2019

German athletics legend Martin Lauer has died

The former German hurdler Martin Lauer died at the age of 82. Lauer was responsible for the first two world records in the Letzigrund stadium.

1959 is a key year in the history of the Zurich Athletics Meeting. For the first time the meeting takes place under the name "Weltklasse Zürich". In front of 10,842 spectators, 22-year-old Martin Lauer from Cologne sets the first two world records in the history of the Zurich Meeting. In 13.2 seconds first over 110 m hurdles, two hours later he runs over 200 m hurdles in 22.5 seconds another record.

In 1959, Lauer paved the way for the myth of Weltklasse Zürich. According to information from Leichtathletik.de, the athletics legend died on 6 October within the circle of his family. 

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