Herbert Runge

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Herbert Runge
Guillermo Lovell vs Herbert Runge 1936b.jpg
Runge (right) vs. Guillermo Lovell at the 1936 Olympics
Nationality Germany
Born(1913-01-23)23 January 1913
Elberfeld, Rhine Province, German Empire
Died11 March 1986(1986-03-11) (aged 73)
Wuppertal, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany
Boxing record
Total fights25
Wins by KO1
Losses13 or 14
No contests0 or 1

Herbert Runge (23 January 1913 – 11 March 1986) was a German heavyweight boxer. He won the gold medal at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin.

He was born in Elberfeld, which later became part of Wuppertal, where he died as well.

Amateur career[edit]

Runge's biggest success was his gold medal at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. He also won three medals at the European Amateur Boxing Championships (silver in 1934 and 1937 and bronze in 1939). In addition to that, he is an eight-time German amateur champion (1935–1939, 1941–1943), as well as two-time runner-up to Hein ten Hoff in 1940 and 1944.

1936 Summer Olympics[edit]

Professional career[edit]

Runge had an unsuccessful professional career that spanned from 1946 to 1949. Of 25 bouts, he won 5 (1 KO), drew 6 and lost 13 with one ending in a no contest (or 14 losses and no NC, sources are unclear).[2]


Still standing today is Runge's Olympic oak tree, that was given to every German 1936 Olympic champion to plant themselves as part of Nazi propaganda and Olympic legacy. It stands just outside the away section of Wuppertal's Stadion am Zoo football stadium, home to former Bundesliga club Wuppertaler SV.

A commemorative plaque with the inscription,

"Olympia-Eiche [Olympia-oak]

Herbert Runge
*23.01.1913 + 11.03.1986

Olympiasieger Berlin 1936
[Olympic champion Berlin 1936]
Boxen Schwergewicht [Boxing Heavyweight]",

has been attached to the stadium fence in front of the tree in 1999.[3]


  1. ^ "Herbert Runge - sports-reference.com". Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  2. ^ Professional boxing record for Herbert Runge from BoxRec
  3. ^ "Olympia-Eiche und Herbert-Runge-Gedenktafel" (in German). Retrieved 8 December 2013.