Reiner Leonhardt

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Reiner Leonhardt (born February 13, 1938 ) is a former German handball player. He played in the GDR national handball team and for the BSG Wismut Aue in the GDR handball league , the highest handball division in the GDR .

Athletic career

Leonhard was trained in handball at the company sports community (BSG) Wismut Aue. After studying sports at the DHfK Sports University in Leipzig , he played for SC DHfK in the handball league from 1959 . In his first season in Leipzig, Leonhardt was GDR indoor champion with SC DHfK, and three more indoor championships followed by 1962. In 1960 he was appointed to the GDR national team for the first time, in which he was used in international matches until 1964. In 1964 he took part in the handball world championship .

After completing his studies, Leonhardt returned to Aue , where he continued to play in the major league with Wismut Aue. As the director of the team and a dangerous goal thrower, he played a decisive role in ensuring that BSG Wismut was always represented in the top handball league until the end of his active career. In 1966 he was the top scorer of his team in the field handball championship with 92 hits. After the 1970/71 season, Leonhardt ended his career as a handball player in the major league at the age of 33.

In the 1990s he worked as a trainer at the BSG-Wismut successor, EHV Aue . In 2016 he was made an honorary member of the association.


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