Germany’s Guido Müller, 80, retires as greatest long hurdler in masters history

Guido was unbeatable outdoors and tough indoors, especially in the 400-meter flat race, where he has M65 and M75 world records.

Bittersweet news from Germany arrived Monday. The most fantabulous long hurdler in masters history has retired. Dieter Massin writes: “Yesterday, Sunday 14 July, Guido Müller (Mueller) run his last 200m and finished his career in athletics. A wonderful career of a fantastic sportsman ended at the German Masters Championships in Leinefelde.” (See results here.)

Guido was unbeatable outdoors and tough indoors, especially in the 400-meter flat race, where he has M65 and M75 world records.

I had heard that Guido has been suffering from dementia, so I asked if that was the reason. Dieter replied that he wasn’t sure, but “he was ill for a long time, so that his sports-retirement is the consequence. I respect his decision. Guido was / is a great, fair and clean sportsman. CHAPEAU!”

His last two races were the 400 and 200.

200m, Senioren M80 14.07.2019 / 14:00
Finale Wind: I:+1,9; II:+1,1 m/s
Rang StNr Name Jg LV Verein Leistung
1 843 Nehren Adolf 1939 RL LA TuS Mayen 33,34 1./II
2 227 Scheidt Willi 1939 BY TS Herzogenaurach 33,65 2./II
3 256 Müller Guido 1938 BY TSV Vaterstetten 33,91 3./II
4 448 Lange Klaus-Dieter 1939 HH LG Alsternord Hamburg e.V. 35,02 1./I
5 80 Linke Günter 1936 BB SV IGL Schöneiche 35,91 4./II
6 447 Lange Hans-Joachim 1937 HH LG Alsternord Hamburg e.V. 37,47 5./II
7 562 Reddigk Manfred 1935 NI MTV Wolfenbüttel 40,07 2./I
8 180 Klauder Gerhard 1937 BY LG LKr Aschaffenburg 41,43 3./I

400m, Senioren M80 13.07.2019 / 17:20
Finale
Rang StNr Name Jg LV Verein Leistung
1 158 Jakob Karl 1939 BY LAZ Obernburg-Miltenberg 80,25
2 256 Müller Guido 1938 BY TSV Vaterstetten 80,94
3 227 Scheidt Willi 1939 BY TS Herzogenaurach 81,50
4 1280 Rother Hans-Joachim 1939 WÜ VfL Waiblingen 93,86
5 180 Klauder Gerhard 1937 BY LG LKr Aschaffenburg 98,56

Guido hangs up his spikes with seven listed world records (but Tony Echeandia claimed the M55 400H record Sunday at Ames.)

400m Hurdles

M 55 58.92 Guido Müeller GER 56 16/07/95 Buffalo, USA

300m Hurdles

M 60 42.31 Guido Müeller GER 60 01/08/99 Gateshead, GBR
M 65 43.88 Guido Müeller GER 65 25/07/04 Århus, DEN
M 70 45.24 Guido Müeller GER 70 10/07/09 Vaterstetten, GER
M 75 49.65 Guido Müeller GER 75 12/07/14 Erfurt, GER

Indoor 400m

M 65 56.63 Guido Müeller GER 65 02/08/04 Fürth, GER
M 75 63.12 Guido Müeller GER 75 02/03/14 Fürth, GER

Guido's final results — unless he makes a comeback at M85 or M90.

Guido’s final results — unless he makes a comeback at M85 or M90.

Guido won the WMA Athlete of the Year award three times — 2004, 2009 and 2014. I saw him set his M60 300H record in Gateshead — 42.31 was breathtaking. He ran so fast my old film camera caught only his lead leg over a final hurdle.

If hurdlers ever have an award, it should be named for GM.

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1 Comment on "Germany’s Guido Müller, 80, retires as greatest long hurdler in masters history"

  1. Weia Reinboud | July 16, 2019 at 1:03 pm | Reply

    Sad news. I remember the indoor worlds of march 2014 in Budapest, where I watched the 200 finals. Starting with the oldest men, oldest women, one age group younger etcetera. I was sitting next to some young athletes. They were already enjoying all those races, but then came Guido. They were completely blown away, he was so unexpectedly fast! They were not surprised when I told them he was an olympian at the 1972 Munich games.

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