Runge (right) vs. Guillermo Lovell at the 1936 Olympics
23 January 1913|
Elberfeld, Rhine Province, German Empire
|Died||11 March 1986
Wuppertal, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany
|Wins by KO||1|
|Losses||13 or 14|
|No contests||0 or 1|
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
- 1st round: bye
- 2nd round: Rudolf Kus (Czechoslovakia), knock-out in Round 1
- Quarter-final: Vincent Stuart (Great Britain), won on points
- Semi-final: Ferenc Nagy (Hungary), walkover, due to injury
- Gold medal bout: Guillermo Lovell (Argentina), won on points
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).
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,
*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.
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