Nils Schumann

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Nils Schumann athletics

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Nils Schumann (center) at the ISTAF 2008

nation GermanyGermany Germany
birthday 20th May 1978 (age 42)
place of birth Bad FrankenhausenGDRGermany Democratic Republic 1949GDR 
size 192 cm
Weight 77 kg
discipline 800 meters
Best performance 1: 44.16 min
status resigned
Medal table
Olympic games 1 × gold 0 × silver 0 × bronze
European championships 1 × gold 0 × silver 1 × bronze
European Indoor Championships 1 × gold 1 × silver 0 × bronze
Olympic rings Olympic games
gold Sydney 2000 800 m
EAA logo European championships
gold Budapest 1998 800 m
bronze Munich 2002 800 m
EAA logo European Indoor Championships
gold Valencia 1998 800 m
silver Ghent 2000 800 m

Nils Schumann (born May 20, 1978 in Bad Frankenhausen , Artern district , GDR ) is a former German middle-distance runner . In 1998 he was European indoor and outdoor champion and 2000 Olympic champion in the 800-meter run .


Nils Schumann is the son of a sports teacher and began athletics at the age of six. After graduating from high school in 1996 in his hometown, he began an apprenticeship as a banker in Erfurt . A year later he broke off his training and became a professional running.

At the age of 17 Schumann became German cross-country champion. After becoming the European Junior Champion in the 800-meter run in 1997, he entered the adult class for the first time in 1998. After his victory at the German Indoor Championships, he also won the European Indoor Championships in Valencia , where he won in 1: 47.02 min before the Dutchman Marko Koers and the Norwegian 1996 Olympic champion Vebjørn Rodal . In the outdoor season he was defeated in the German championship against Nico Motchebon . At the European Championships in Budapest , Schumann won both his preliminary and his semifinals, while Motchebon was eliminated in the semifinals. In the final, Schumann won with a personal best of 1: 44.89 minutes ahead of Swiss André Bucher . In this race, Schumann showed that he was able to decide a race with his sprint force over the last 100 meters. In 1999 Schumann won two titles at the U23 European Championships: In addition to the 800-meter run, he also competed in the 4-by-400-meter relay. At the 1999 World Championships in Seville, he reached the final, but could not keep up in a very fast race and finished eighth.

In 2000 he won the German Indoor Championships. At the European Indoor Championships in Ghent he won silver behind the Russian Juri Borsakowski , who was equipped with even greater sprint power than Schumann and overtook him on the home straight. In the outdoor season, Schumann won his second German championship title after 1999. At the Olympic Games in Sydney , he improved his personal best in the semifinals to 1: 44.22 min. In the final, Schumann won in a sprint in 1: 45.08 minutes with a lead of six hundredths of a second over the Danish world champion Wilson Kipketer . At the end of the year he was voted Germany's Sportsman of the Year .

In 2001 Schumann did not take part in the German championships after some injuries and only qualified very late for the world championships in Edmonton. There he took fifth place. In 2002 Schumann took second place behind René Herms at the German Championships . At the European Championships in Munich he won the bronze medal behind Wilson Kipketer and André Bucher. This was Schumann's last start at major international championships. Almost three weeks after the European Championships, Schumann ran the fastest race of his career at the Memorial Van Damme in 1: 44.16 minutes.

After Schumann took second place behind René Herms at the German Indoor Championships in 2003, he was out for three years due to injuries. On November 20, 2006, the DLV opened an investigation under sports law against Nils Schumann on suspicion of a violation of anti-doping regulations. The process was triggered by DLV's own investigations and findings from the files of the trial against trainer Thomas Springstein . These proceedings were discontinued in January 2007. In 2007 he ran for the first time after 2002 in the finals at the German Open Air Championships, but only reached eighth place. In 2008 Schumann took second place behind Robin Schembera at the German Indoor Championships, and in 2009 he again achieved third place at the Outdoor Championships. Shortly afterwards, Nils Schumann ended his career.

He started for SV Kyffhäuser Frankenhausen, ESC Erfurt, Erfurter LAC and SV Creaton Großengottern. When he moved to the LG Nike Berlin club in January 2001, his collaboration with his trainer Dieter Hermann ended , to whom he returned after an injury during the indoor season. In the meantime he trained with his father. In 2002 he moved back to SV Creaton Großengottern. With the complete change of the Hermann training group to LC Creaton Erfurt, Nils Schumann also went to Erfurt in 2003. Then Schumann moved to SC Magdeburg (2004). After doping allegations against his Magdeburg trainer Thomas Springstein , he moved to LG Eintracht Frankfurt , where he trained with Volker Beck until 2007 , and finally returned to Erfurt to Dieter Hermann.

Schumann had a competition weight of 78 kg with a height of 1.92 m.

In 2008 he married the 400-meter runner Korinna Fink, with whom he had a son in the same year. In the same year he founded his own company in Erfurt and has been marketing himself as a personal trainer ever since . He is now married to a second marriage and has another son with his wife (* 2013).

He took part in the second season of the competition show Eternal Heroes , which was broadcast from February 14 to April 4, 2017 , and finished in fourth place.


Top performances

Performance development

year 800 meters
(in minutes)
1996 1: 48.35
1997 1: 46.61
1998 1: 44.89
1999 1: 45.05
2000 1: 44.22
2001 1: 44.32
2002 1: 44.16
2003  -
2004  -
2005  -
2006 1: 48.02
2007 1: 47.90
2008 1: 47.18
2009 1: 47.28



Web links

Commons : Nils Schumann  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Review procedure completed , January 12, 2007
  2. ^ A b Olympic champion Nils Schumann retires , July 29, 2009
  3. Nils Schumann leaves Frankfurt , October 11, 2007
  4. Nils Schumann in the port of marriage , March 3, 2008
  5. ^ Website of his company prana Sports GmbH ( Memento from April 20, 2010 in the Internet Archive )
  6. Schumann on a platform for personal trainers ( memento from June 29, 2013 in the Internet Archive )