Herbert Klein (swimmer)
Klein in 1951
25 March 1923|
25 September 2001 (aged 78)|
|Club||Verein für volkstümliches Schwimmen, Munich|
Herbert Klein (25 March 1923 - 25 September 2001) was a German swimmer. Competing in the 200 m breaststroke he won the European title in 1950 and an Olympic bronze medal in 1952. During his career he set two world and 21 German records. He also competed at the 1956 Summer Olympics, but was disqualified for using a scissors kick in breaststroke. In 1950 he was elected German Sportspersonality of the year.
During World War II Klein served as a combat swimmer in the German Kriegsmarine, he was captured near Rimini in September 1944 after an attack on Allied ships and became a Prisoner of War until 1948.
- International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame - Jewish Olympic medalists
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