Rudolph Lewis

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Rudolph Lewis
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Rudolph Lewis at the 1912 Olympics
Personal information
Born 12 July 1887
Pretoria, South African Republic
Died 29 October 1933 (aged 46)
Pretoria, South Africa
Team information
Discipline Road cycling

Rudolph Ludewyk "Okey" Lewis (12 July 1887 – 29 October 1933) was a South African road racing cyclist who won the gold medal in the road race at the 1912 Summer Olympics.

Lewis was born on a farm near Pretoria and grew up in Germiston. He worked full-time underground at a gold mine, and in spare time trained in cycling, boxing and skating. After the 1912 Olympics he raced professionally in Germany in 1913–14, and won the Race of Dresden in 1914.[1] During World War I, he served in the German Army and was awarded the Iron Cross. His health deteriorated as a result of war injuries and time spent in a prison camp, which resulted in his early death at age 46.[2]


  1. ^ Rudolf Ludewyk Lewis. cycling archives
  2. ^ "Rudolph Lewis Olympic Results". Retrieved 2013-05-10. 

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