Germany at the 1896 Summer Olympics
|Germany at the
1896 Summer Olympics
Flag of the German Empire
|NOC||German Olympic Sports Confederation|
|Competitors||19 in 6 sports|
|Summer Olympics appearances (overview)|
|Other related appearances|
|1906 Intercalated Games
United Team of Germany (1956–1964)
East Germany (1968–1988)
West 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.
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.
- Track and road
|Fritz Hofmann||100 m||12.6||2 Q||12.2|
|Friedrich Traun||13.5||3||Did not advance|
|Kurt Doerry||Unknown||5||Did not advance|
|Fritz Hofmann||400 m||58.2||2||56.7||4|
|Kurt Doerry||Unknown||Unknown||Did not advance|
|Friedrich Traun||800 m||2:13.4||3||DNS|
|Carl Galle||1500 m||n/a||4:39.0||4|
|Kurt Doerry||110 m hurdles||Unknown||Unknown||Did not advance|
- Field Events
|Fritz Hofmann||High jump||1.55||5|
|Carl Schuhmann||Long jump||Unknown||Unknown|
|Fritz Hofmann||Triple jump||Unknown||Unknown|
|Fritz Hofmann||Shot put||Unknown||Unknown|
Germany's only cycling medal came in the long-distance road race.
|Athlete||Event||Time / Distance||Rank|
|Theodor Leupold||Time trial||27.0||5|
|Joseph Rosemeyer||10 km||Unknown||4|
|Bernard Knubel||100 km||DNF|
|Joseph Welzenbacher||12 hour race||DNF|
|August von Gödrich||Road race||3:42:18|
Germany dominated the gymnastics program, taking 5 of the 8 gold medals and medalling in each event.
|Fritz Hofmann||Rope climbing||12.5|
|Germany||Team parallel bars|
|Team horizontal bar|
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.
|Friedrich Traun||Singles|| Boland (GBR)
|Did not advance||8|
Schuhmann's lift was equal to that of the bronze medallist, but lifting form was used as a tie-breaker in the event.
|Carl Schuhmann||Two hand lift||90||4|
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.
|Carl Schuhmann||Greco-Roman|| Elliot (GBR)
|Bye|| Tsitas (GRE)
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