Germany at the 1896 Summer Olympics

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Germany at the Olympic Games

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At the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens
Competitors 19 in 6 sports
Medals
Rank: 3
Gold
6
Silver
5
Bronze
2
Total
13
Olympic history (summary)
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Intercalated Games
1906
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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.

Medalists[edit]

Medal Name Sport Event Date
 Gold Weingärtner, HermannHermann Weingärtner Gymnastics Men's horizontal bar April 9
 Gold Flatow, AlfredAlfred Flatow Gymnastics Men's parallel bars April 10
 Gold Böcker, ConradConrad Böcker, Alfred Flatow, Gustav Flatow,
Georg Hillmar, Fritz Hofmann, Fritz Manteuffel,
Karl Neukirch, Richard Röstel, Gustav Schuft,
Carl Schuhmann, Hermann Weingärtner
Gymnastics Men's team parallel bars April 9
Men's team horizontal bar April 9
 Gold Schuhmann, CarlCarl Schuhmann Gymnastics Men's vault April 9
Wrestling Men's Greco-Roman April 11
 Silver Hofmann, FritzFritz Hofmann Athletics Men's 100 m April 10
 Silver von Gödrich, AugustAugust von Gödrich Cycling Men's road race April 12
 Silver Flatow, AlfredAlfred Flatow Gymnastics Men's horizontal bar April 9
 Silver Weingärtner, HermannHermann Weingärtner Gymnastics Men's pommel horse April 9
Men's rings April 9
 Bronze Hofmann, FritzFritz Hofmann Gymnastics Men's rope climbing April 10
 Bronze Weingärtner, HermannHermann Weingärtner Gymnastics Men's vault April 9

Results by event[edit]

Athletics[edit]

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.

Event Place Athlete Heat Final
100 metres 2nd Fritz Hofmann Unknown 12.2 seconds
Friedrich Traun Unknown Did not advance
Kurt Dörry Unknown
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
Event Place Athlete Best mark
Long jump Carl Schuhmann Unknown
Triple jump 5th Carl Schuhmann Unknown
Fritz Hofmann Unknown
High jump 5th Fritz Hofmann 1.55 metres
Shot put Fritz Hofmann Unknown
Carl Schuhmann Unknown

Cycling[edit]

Germany's only cycling medal came in the long-distance road race.

Event Place Cyclist Time/Distance
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

Gymnastics[edit]

Germany dominated the gymnastics program, taking 5 of the 8 gold medals and medalling in each event.

German team at parallel bars
German team on horizontal bars
Event Place Gymnast
Parallel bars 1st Alfred Flatow
Konrad Böcker
Gustav Flatow
Georg Hillmar
Fritz Manteuffel
Karl Neukirch
Richard Röstel
Gustav Schuft
Carl Schuhmann
Hermann Weingärtner
Horizontal bar 1st Hermann Weingärtner
2nd Alfred Flatow
Konrad Böcker
Gustav Flatow
Georg Hillmar
Fritz Manteuffel
Karl Neukirch
Richard Röstel
Gustav Schuft
Carl Schuhmann
Vault 1st Carl Schuhmann
3rd Hermann Weingärtner
Konrad Böcker
Alfred Flatow
Gustav Flatow
Georg Hillmar
Fritz Manteuffel
Karl Neukirch
Richard Röstel
Gustav Schuft
Pommel horse 2nd Hermann Weingärtner
Konrad Böcker
Alfred Flatow
Gustav Flatow
Georg Hillmar
Fritz Manteuffel
Karl Neukirch
Richard Röstel
Gustav Schuft
Carl Schuhmann
Rings 2nd Hermann Weingärtner
5th Carl Schuhmann
Konrad Böcker
Alfred Flatow
Gustav Flatow
Event Place Gymnast Height
Rope climbing 3rd Fritz Hofmann 12.5 metres
Event Place Team
Team
parallel bars
1st Germany
Team
horizontal bar
1st Germany

Tennis[edit]

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.

Event Place Player(s) Round 1 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Singles 8th Friedrich Traun Lost Did not advance
Doubles 1st Friedrich Traun and
 John Pius Boland (GBR)
Won Bye Won
Opponent nation Wins Losses Percent
Greece 2 0 1.000
Great Britain 0 1 0.000
Total 2 1 0.667

Weightlifting[edit]

Schuhmann's lift was equal to that of the bronze medallist, but lifting form was used as a tie-breaker in the event.

Event Place Weightlifter Best lift
Two handed 4th Carl Schuhmann 90.0 kilograms

Wrestling[edit]

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.

Event Place Wrestler Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Greco-Roman 1st Carl Schuhmann Won Bye Won
Opponent nation Wins Losses Percent
Great Britain 1 0 1.000
Greece 1 0 1.000
Total 2 0 1.000

References[edit]

  • Lampros, S.P.; Polites, N.G.; De Coubertin, Pierre; Philemon, P.J.; & Anninos, C. (1897). The Olympic Games: BC 776 – AD 1896. Athens: Charles Beck.  (Digitally available at [1])
  • Mallon, Bill; & Widlund, Ture (1998). The 1896 Olympic Games. Results for All Competitors in All Events, with Commentary. Jefferson: McFarland. ISBN 0-7864-0379-9.  (Excerpt available at [2])
  • Smith, Michael Llewellyn (2004). Olympics in Athens 1896. The Invention of the Modern Olympic Games. London: Profile Books. ISBN 1-86197-342-X.