Richard Rau

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Richard Rau
1912 Athletics men's 4x100 metre final2.JPG
Richard Rau (right) in the 4×100 m final at the 1912 Olympics
Personal information
Born 26 August 1889
Berlin, Germany
Died 6 November 1945 (aged 56)
Vyazma, Russia
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 67 kg (148 lb)
Sport Sprint running
Club SC Charlottenburg, Berlin

Richard Rau (26 August 1889 – 6 November 1945) was a German SS officer and track and field athlete who competed in the 1912 Summer Olympics. He was eliminated in the semi-finals of the 100 m and finished fourth in the 200 m competition. He was also a member of the German relay team which was disqualified in the final of the 4 × 100 m relay after a fault with its second baton passing.[1]

Rau started competing in flat sprint and hurdles in 1908, winning several national championships and setting 20 national records over his career, often under pseudonym Richard Einsporn. After retirement he ran a sports shop, and in 1933 joined the Nazi Party, reaching the rank of SS Hauptsturmbannführer in 1938. In 1945 he was captured by the American forces and handed over to the Soviet Union. He was shot during a failed escape attempt, and moved to a prisoners camp in Vyasma, where he died in a few months.[1]


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