Germany at the 1896 Summer Olympics
|Germany at the Olympic Games|
|At the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens|
|Competitors||19 in 6 sports|
|Olympic history (summary)|
|Other related appearances|
| Unified Team of Germany (1956–1964)
West Germany (1968–1988)
East Germany (1968–1988)
Germany competed at the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. The Germans were the third most successful nation in terms of both gold medals (6 plus 1 as part of a mixed team) and total medals (13). Gymnastics was the sport in which Germany excelled. The German team had 19 athletes. The Germans had 75 entries in 26 events (of which 48 entries were in the 8 gymnastics events), taking 13 medals.
Results by event
Hofmann's silver medal in the 100 metres was the only medal earned by the German athletes, though they finished 4th or 5th an additional 4 times.
|100 metres||2nd||Fritz Hofmann||Unknown||12.2 seconds|
|–||Friedrich Traun||Unknown||Did not advance|
|400 metres||4th||Fritz Hofmann||58.6 seconds||Unknown|
|–||Kurt Dörry||Unknown||Did not advance|
|800 metres||–||Friedrich Traun||Unknown||Did not advance|
|1500 metres||4th||Karl Galle||No heats||4:39.0|
|110 metre hurdles||–||Kurt Dörry||Unknown||Did not advance|
|Long jump||–||Carl Schuhmann||Unknown|
|Triple jump||5th||Carl Schuhmann||Unknown|
|High jump||5th||Fritz Hofmann||1.55 metres|
|Shot put||–||Fritz Hofmann||Unknown|
Germany's only cycling medal came in the long-distance road race.
|333 metres||5th||Theodor Leupold||27.0 seconds|
|8th||Joseph Rosemeyer||27.2 seconds|
|2 kilometres||–||Joseph Rosemeyer||Did not finish|
|10 kilometres||4th||Joseph Rosemeyer||Unknown|
|100 kilometres||–||Bernhard Knubel||Did not finish|
|Theodor Leupold||Did not finish|
|Joseph Rosemeyer||Did not finish|
|Joseph Welzenbacher||Did not finish|
|12 hour race||–||Joseph Welzenbacher||Did not finish|
|Road race||2nd||August von Gödrich||3:42:18|
Germany dominated the gymnastics program, taking 5 of the 8 gold medals and medalling in each event.
|Parallel bars||1st||Alfred Flatow|
|Horizontal bar||1st||Hermann Weingärtner|
|Pommel horse||2nd||Hermann Weingärtner|
|Rope climbing||3rd||Fritz Hofmann||12.5 metres|
Traun was defeated by Boland in the first round of the singles tournament. The two entered the doubles tournament as a pair, winning the gold medal in that competition as part of a mixed team; that medal is not counted for Germany.
|Singles||8th||Friedrich Traun||Lost||Did not advance|
|Doubles||1st||Friedrich Traun and
John Pius Boland (GBR)
Schuhmann's lift was equal to that of the bronze medallist, but lifting form was used as a tie-breaker in the event.
|Two handed||4th||Carl Schuhmann||90.0 kilograms|
Schuhmann first faced Launceston Elliot, the one-handed lift weightlifting champion, defeating him fairly easily. He received a bye in the semifinals, to face Georgios Tsitas in the final match. That contest took two days, after it had been postponed on account of darkness 40 minutes into the first day. Schuhmann quickly won on the second morning.
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