Klaus Rost started wrestling at KSV Witten 07 at the age of 12 . In 1958 he was German youth champion (Greco-Roman style, up to 62 kg body weight). As early as the next year he was the first German champion in the senior class. From then on, a successful wrestling career began, which lasted until 1973.
Already in 1963 he won a bronze medal in the Greco-Roman style at the world championship in Helsingborg in the lightweight, after moving to local rivals Sport-UNION Annen. His greatest success was without a doubt winning the Olympic silver medal at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo in a lightweight, free style.
For this achievement he received the silver laurel leaf from the hand of the Federal President on December 11, 1964.
Four years later he narrowly missed a medal at the Olympic Games in Mexico City with a 4th place in the Greco-Roman style. Another good 4th place was achieved by Klaus Rost at the 1969 World Cup in Mar del Plata .
Klaus Rost won a total of 16 German championship titles. He was one of the few wrestlers who was successful in both styles, the Greco-Roman and the free style. His toughest competitors at these German championships were Franz Schmitt from Aschaffenburg , Manfred Schöndorfer from Bad Reichenhall and Horst Bergmann from Lichtenfels .
After his active time he was a youth coach in Witten.
Greatest international success
(OS = Olympic Games, WM = World Championship, EM = European Championship, GR = Greco-Roman style, F = freestyle, lightweight, then up to 68 kg body weight)
|1963||3.||World Cup in Helsingborg||GR||Light||with victories over Eckhard Schulz , GDR , Naggar, Syria , Jurgiel, Poland , Daniel Robin , France and defeats against Dawid Gwandseladse , USSR and Stevan Horvat , Yugoslavia|
|1964||silver||OS in Tokyo||F.||Light||with victories over Greig, New Zealand , Doner, Canada , Djan, Afghanistan and defeats against Enju Valtschew-Dimow , Bulgaria and Chung Dong-Goo, North Korea|
|1967||5.||EM in Istanbul||F.||Light||with victories over Traszi, Hungary , Spagnoli, Italy and defeats against Valtchew and Seyit Ahmet Ağralı , Turkey|
|1968||4th||O S in Mexico City||GR||Light||with victories over El Sheriban, Egypt , Enache, Romania , Eero Tapio , Finland , Holzer, USA, undecided against Kazim Ayvaz , Turkey and defeat against Horvath|
|1969||4th||World Cup in Mar del Plata||GR||Light||with victories over Buzzard, USA, Gholami, Iran and a draw against the later first and second placed Simion Popescu , Romania and Sreten Damjanović , Yugoslavia|
Success at German championships
|year||space||Age group||style||Weight class||Result|
|1958||1.||Youth A||F.||up to 62 kg body weight||before Dieter Schudlich, Witten a . Helmut Zewe, Hüttigweiler|
|1959||1.||Seniors||F.||Light||before Werner Ziesmer, Essen a . Gerhard Füglein, Nuremberg|
|1960||3.||Seniors||F.||Light||behind Horst Bergmann , Lichtenfels u. Gottlieb Neumair , Neuaubing|
|1961||1.||Seniors||F.||Light||before Fritz Ostermann, Malstatt a . Gerhard Füglein|
|1963||1.||Seniors||F.||Light||before Edmund Seger , Freiburg a . Ernst Knoll , Eppelheim|
|1963||1.||Seniors||GR||Light||in front of Gottlieb Neumair u. Franz Schmitt , Aschaffenburg|
|1964||2.||Seniors||GR||Light||behind Franz Schmitt u. in front of Karl-Heinz Schlopsnies, Witten|
|1964||1.||Seniors||F.||Light||before Horst Bergmann u. W. Krauthäuser, Mülheim|
|1965||2.||Seniors||GR||Light||behind Franz Schmitt, in front of Edmund Seger|
|1966||1.||Seniors||GR||Light||before Franz Schmitt u. Gottlieb Liebl, Munich|
|1966||1.||Seniors||F.||Light||before Horst Bergmann u. Peter Zeiher, Brötzingen|
|1967||1.||Seniors||GR||Light||before Franz Schmitt u. Jürgen Magin, Friesenheim|
|1968||2.||Seniors||GR||Light||behind Franz Schmitt u. before Manfred Schöndorfer , Bad Reichenhall|
|1968||1.||Seniors||F.||Light||before Helmut Hölker, Dortmund a . Franz Schmitt|
|1969||1.||Seniors||GR||Light||before Manfred Schöndorfer u. Arnold Both, Heusweiler|
|1969||1.||Seniors||F.||Light||before Helmut Hölker u. Peter Rammo, Spiesen|
|1970||2.||Seniors||GR||Light||behind Manfred Schöndorfer u. before Erich Lorbach, Efferen|
|1970||1.||Seniors||F.||Light||before Willi Betz, Baienfurt a . Erich Lorbach|
|1971||1.||Seniors||F.||Light||before Hermann Lohr , Efferen a. Gerhard Hartmann, Köllerbach|
|1972||1.||Seniors||F.||Light||before Hermann Lohr u. Erich Lorbach|
|1973||1.||Seniors||F.||Light||before Werner Hettich , Freiburg a. Gerhard Weisenberger , Aschaffenburg|
Note: GR = Greco-Roman style, F = free style
- Athletics magazine from 1958 to 1970.
- A hundred years of wrestling in Germany. Der Ringer, Niedernberg, pp. 195, 214, 215, 226 and 227.
- 1972 yearbook of the German Wrestling Federation. Athletics, Karlsruhe 1972, p. 209.
- Documentation of FILA's International Wrestling Championships. 1976.
- Information given by the Federal Government to the Bundestag on September 29, 1973 - printed matter 7/1040 - Annex 3, pages 54 ff., Here page 55
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German wrestler|
|DATE OF BIRTH||March 2, 1940|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Witten|