Heinz Fütterer

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Heinz Fütterer
Medal record
Men’s Athletics
Olympic Games
Competitor for  Germany
Bronze 1956 Melbourne 4x100 metre relay
European Championships
Competitor for  West Germany
Gold 1954 Bern 100 metres
Gold 1954 Bern 200 metres

Heinrich ("Heinz") Ludwig Fütterer (born 14 October 1931) is a German athlete, who mainly competed in sprint events. He was born in Illingen. His nickname is "Weisser Blitz" which means "White Flash" because he was the only white man who could keep up with the black runners at that time.

Fütterer in 1956

Fütterer competed for the United Team of Germany in the 1956 Summer Olympics held in Melbourne, Australia where he won the bronze medal in the 4 x 100 metre relay with his team mates Lothar Knörzer, Leonhard Pohl and Manfred Germar but didn't reach the 100m final.

In 1954 he won two gold medals at the European Championships in Bern, Switzerland, in 1958 he won the relay with Germany.

His best time in the 100 meters was 10.2 seconds, equalling the world record held by Jesse Owens and a number of other sprinters. He ran the race in Japan 1954. His best in the 200 meter was 20.8 seconds. He was part of the German world record 4 x 100m relay of 1958.


  • Alfons Bitterwolf, Gustav Bitterwolf: Heinz Fütterer, der weiße Blitz. Biografie. Bitterwolf, Illingen/Rastatt 1955, ASIN B0000BGL0Q
  • Michael Dittrich, Daniel Merkel: Der "Weiße Blitz" - Das Leben des Heinz Fütterer. Verlag Die Werkstatt, Göttingen 2006, ISBN 3-89533-547-9

Preceded by
Germany Werner Haas
German Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by
Germany Hans Günter Winkler

Preceded by
United Kingdom McDonald Bailey
European Record Holder Men's 100m
31 October 1954 - 30 July 1957
Succeeded by
West Germany Manfred Germar
Preceded by
United Kingdom McDonald Bailey
European Record Holder Men's 200m
29 August 1954 - 14 September 1957
Succeeded by
West Germany Manfred Germar