Jürgen Hingsen

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Jürgen Hingsen athletics

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Jürgen Hingsen (1987)

nation GermanyGermany Germany
birthday January 25, 1958
place of birth DuisburgGermany
size 203 cm
Weight 102 kg
discipline Decathlon , heptathlon
Best performance 8832 points (decathlon),
5859 points (heptathlon)
society Bayer Uerdingen
status resigned
Medal table
Olympic games 0 × gold 1 × silver 0 × bronze
World Championship 0 × gold 1 × silver 0 × bronze
European Championship 0 × gold 2 × silver 0 × bronze
Olympic rings with white rims.svg Olympic games
silver 1984 Los Angeles Decathlon
World Championship
silver 1983 Helsinki Decathlon
European Championship
silver 1982 Athens Decathlon
silver 1986 Stuttgart Decathlon

Jürgen Hingsen (born January 25, 1958 in Duisburg ) is a former German athlete ( decathlon ).


Hingsen started his career as an athlete in the sports department of Bayer Uerdingen in 1976. Here he worked closely with the head of the sports department, coach and sports teacher Norbert Pixken. In the 1980s, he was an Olympic silver medalist as a decathlete and a three-time world record holder . For these achievements, he was awarded the Silver Laurel Leaf by Federal President Karl Carstens in 1983 .

Hingsen was twice vice European champion and once vice world champion and once Olympic runner-up. At the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul , he had three false starts in the first discipline, the 100-meter run, and was disqualified .

Although Hingsen set a new world record in the decathlon between 1982 and 1984, he was never able to beat his permanent rival, the two-time Olympic champion Daley Thompson (who always referred to Hingsen as "Hollywood Hingsen") in a competition. First at the European Championships in Athens, then at the World Championships in Helsinki and most recently at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, he lost to his British opponent and lost the world record every time.

His world record of 8,832 points from 1984 is still the German record. It is currently (as of December 16, 2016) in seventh place on the all-time world best list. Hingsen had a competition weight of 102 kg with a height of 2.03 m. Jürgen Hingsen was an ambassador for the 2006 soccer World Cup for people with disabilities in Germany.

Athletic top performances

  • Decathlon: 8,832 points, established on June 9, 1984 in Mannheim , German record (status: 2014)
  • Heptathlon: 5859 points

Individual services

discipline Best value Value at the record on June 9, 1984
100 m 10.70 s 10.70 s
Long jump 8.04 m 7.76 m
Shot put 16.57 m 16.42 m
high jump 2.18 m 2.07 m
400 m 47.65 s 48.05 s
110 m hurdles 13.84 s 14.07 s
Discus throw 50.82 m 49.36 m
Pole vault 5.10 m 4.90 m
Javelin throw 67.42 m 59.86 m
1500 m 4:12:29 min 4:19:75 min


In 1984 he played a leading role in the comedy Three and a Half Serving with Karl Dall , Rolf Milser and Patrick Bach . In 1990 he had a supporting role in the RTL series Ein Schloß am Wörthersee . From May 1989 he acted as a moderator of the sports section in the ZDF television garden .

A decathlon rating from the sum of personal bests would result in 9323 points. Only four decathletes ( Dan O'Brien , Mike Smith , Roman Šebrle and Ashton Eaton ) achieved a higher number of points with their individual performances.

In April 2006, Hingsen took part in the TV dance competition Let's Dance hosted by RTL. He and his dance partner took fifth place.

The writer Burkhard Spinnen has processed elements of Hingsen's biography in his novel Mehrkampf (2007).

In 2004, after 21 years of marriage, Hingsen separated from his American wife. There are two daughters from the marriage. He lives in Cologne.

Media and public presence

  • Pegasos Prize together with Daley Thompson for the health campaign for men “movember” 2015
  • Ambassador Football World Cup for People with Disabilities 2006
  • Co-commentator ARD, Athletics World Championships Stuttgart 1993
  • Rapporteur for the Olympic Games in Barcelona 1992, RTL breakfast TV
  • Olympic documentary "16 days of fame"
  • Co-moderation Sport, ZDF TV Garden 1989
  • Let's dance, RTL 2006
  • Supporting role " Ein Schloß am Wörthersee ", RTL 1990
  • Actor Comedy feature film " Three and a Half Portions " in 1984 alongside Karl Dall .


Web links

Commons : Jürgen Hingsen  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. Federal Archives: Sports Awards (Silver Laurel): Awards of the Silver Laurel Leaf to the athletes Patriz Ilg, Willi Wülbeck, Jürgen Hingsen, Siegfried Wentz, Andras Rizzi, Jens Schulte and Guido Kratschmer Signed BArch B 122/29198
  2. Lars Gawel: What does ... Jürgen Hingsen actually do? ( Memento of September 1, 2011 in the Internet Archive ), Norddeutscher Rundfunk website, June 17, 2008. Accessed March 10, 2020.
  3. Decathlon All Time (All-time results of the IAAF) . IAAF - iaaf.org. September 20, 2009. Retrieved December 16, 2016.
  4. ZDF TV garden starts on June 4th at Abendblatt.de on May 5th, 1989, accessed on August 16, 2015
  5. ^ This is the opinion of various literary critics in: Reviews of Mehrkampf . Perlentaucher Medien GmbH - www.perlentaucher.de. 2008. Retrieved April 16, 2010.
  6. n-tv of November 30, 2004: start early - expire late: Hingsen leaves the port of marriage
  7. n-tv from January 25, 2018: "Hollywood-Hingsen" is dancing for the 60th time.