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Hanns Braun

Full name: Johannes "Hanns" Braun
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10.5 (180 cm)
Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
Born: October 26, 1886 in Wernfels, Bayern, Germany
Died: October 9, 1918 in Croix Fonsomme, Cambrai, Nord, France
Affiliations: Münchner SC, München (GER)
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 2 Silver, 1 Bronze (3 Total)

Biography

Hanns Braun was an educated sculptor and had studied arts in Munich and architecture in Berlin. In 1909, 1910 and 1912 be became German champion in the 400 metres and in 1909, 1911, and 1912 he became British AAA champion in the 880 yards. He also set one indoor world record over 1,000 metres. Braun was the first German world-class track and field athlete. He earned three medals during his two Olympic appearances 1908 and 1912. In London he won the bronze medal over 800 and the silver medal with the 4x400 relay. Four years later he added another silver over 400, there he also placed sixth over 800 metres.

He died in 1918 shortly before the end of World War I as a pilot in an air collision north of Saint Quentin, France. He is buried in Belgium at the Vladslo war cemetery. In 2008 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of German Sports.

His father was the famous painter Louis Braun. In his honor, the German Athletics Association awards the Hanns-Braun Memorial Award every year for outstanding achievements and special merits in leading athletics positions.

Personal Bests\: 400 – 48.3 (1912); 800 – 1:53.0e (1912); 1500 – 4:14.6 (1908).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 21 London Athletics Men's 800 metres Germany GER 3 Bronze
1908 Summer 21 London Athletics Men's 1,500 metres Germany GER 3 h8 r1/2
1908 Summer 21 London Athletics Men's 1,600 metres Medley Relay Germany GER 2 Silver
1912 Summer 25 Stockholm Athletics Men's 400 metres Germany GER 2 Silver
1912 Summer 25 Stockholm Athletics Men's 800 metres Germany GER 6
1912 Summer 25 Stockholm Athletics Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay Germany GER 2 h2 r1/2

Men's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T L
1912 Summer 25 Stockholm Athletics Germany Final 2 48.3 2
1912 Summer 25 Stockholm Athletics Germany Semi-Finals Heat Five 1 QU 49.2
1912 Summer 25 Stockholm Athletics Germany Round One Heat Three 1 QU 50.6

Men's 800 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1908 Summer 21 London Athletics Germany Final 3 1:55.2est
1908 Summer 21 London Athletics Germany Round One Heat Seven 1 QU 1:58.0
1912 Summer 25 Stockholm Athletics Germany Final 6 1:53.0est
1912 Summer 25 Stockholm Athletics Germany Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 1:54.6
1912 Summer 25 Stockholm Athletics Germany Round One Heat Nine 2 QU

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T MB
1908 Summer 21 London Athletics Germany Round One Heat Eight 3 4:18.2 at 20 yds

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1912 Summer 25 Stockholm Athletics Germany GER Round One Heat Two 2 3:28.2

Men's 1,600 metres Medley Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T MB
1908 Summer 21 London Athletics Germany GER Final 2 3:32.4 1:56.2est
1908 Summer 21 London Athletics Germany GER Round One Heat Two 1 QU 3:43.2
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