Former Olympic, World and European race walking champion, German Hartwig Gauder, has died of a coronary heart assault at the age of 65.

Gauder received the gold at the Olympic Games in Moscow in 1980 for the DDR in race walking at 50 kilometers, and eight years later he used to be bronze in Seoul. He furthermore celebrated at the 1987 World Championships in Rome and the Stuttgart European Championships a year earlier.

Later, representing united Germany, he completed third at the 1991 World Championships in Tokyo, and also received bronze at the 1990 European Championships in Split.

Gauder dubbed the “Walker of the Century” via the media, already had coronary heart problems, and in 1996 he had a transplant.

With a new heart, he ran many marathons, along with Berlin and New York, and in 2003 made records by way of turning into the first man with a transplanted heart to climb Japan’s Mount Fuji.

R.I.P Gauder.

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