Karl Hein

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Karl Hein
Karl Hein 1936.jpg
Hein in 1936
Personal information
Born11 June 1908
Hamburg, Germany[1]
Died10 July 1982 (aged 74)
Hamburg, Germany
Height179 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight103 kg (227 lb)
Event(s)Hammer throw
ClubSV St. Georg, Hamburg
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)58.77 (1938)[1][2]

Karl Hein (11 June 1908 – 10 July 1982) was a German hammer thrower who won a gold medal at the 1936 Summer Olympics held in Berlin.

By early 1930s Hein had married and retired from athletics. He resumed competing after watching a film about the 1932 Olympics, and remained active until late 1950s, winning the national championships in 1936–38 and 1946–47 and placing second in 1956. In 1938 he set two world records and won the European title. In 1962 he was awarded the Rudolf-Harbig-Gedächtnispreis.[1]

Hein died from a stroke aged 74. His son Karl-Peter also competed in hammer throw, at the national level.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Karl Hein. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ Karl Hein. trackfield.brinkster.net