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Hartwig Gauder

Hartwig Gauder
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Born (1954-11-10) November 10, 1954

Hartwig Gauder (born November 10, 1954 in Vaihingen an der Enz) is a former German race walker.

In 1996 Gauder started suffering from a virus infection of his heart. After living with an artificial heart for several months, he received a heart transplant. He has subsequently taken part in the New York Marathon several times. Being classified as a disabled participants due to his transplant, he was once disqualified for being too fast as there was a minimum time, which he underran.

His recovery from almost dying to returning into a normal life was covered in a documentary shown on German documentary channel Phoenix.

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