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Arthur Jonath

Full name: Karl Arthur Jonath
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (179 cm)
Weight: 161 lbs (73 kg)
Born: September 9, 1909 in Bentrop, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Died: April 11, 1963 in Neu-Isenburg, Hessen, Germany
Affiliations: TuS Bochum, Bochum (GER)
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Arthur Jonath was German champion over 100 m and 200 metres in 1931-32. He ran three indoor world records over 50 and 60 m in 1930 and 1931, and recorded another two outdoors over 100 m in 1932 and 1933 and another three with the sprint relay. Jonath started as a boxer, but switched to athletics due to a hand injury. In 1932 at Los Angeles he won a bronze medal in the 100, placed fourth in the 200, and won a silver medal with the 4x100 relay.

After the Los Angeles Games, Jonath stayed in the United States, not returning with the German delegation, after actresses such as Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich invited him to Hollywood. The United States offered him citizenship and a university education, but his stepfather brought him back to Germany. In 1936 Jonath was guest of honor at the Berlin Olympics. During World War II he was an SS officer on the Eastern Front and fell into Russian captivity from where he was transferred to an American prisoner-of-war camp near Frankfurt.

After the war Arthur Jonath ran a gas station and worked as a coach with FSV 1899 Frankfurt. His nephew Ulrich Jonath was a well-known coach with the German Track and Field Association, who went to South America several times in the 1950s for coaching reasons and prepared the Icelandic national team for the 1958 European Championships. From 1960-80 he coached the West German 400 hurdlers.

Personal Bests\: 100 – 10.50 (1932); 200 – 21.2 (1932).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1932 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics Men's 100 metres Germany GER 3 Bronze
1932 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics Men's 200 metres Germany GER 4
1932 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay Germany GER 2 Silver

Men's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1932 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics Germany Final 3 10.4 10.50 5
1932 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics Germany Semi-Finals Heat Two 3 QU 10.7 10.71
1932 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics Germany Quarter-Finals Heat Four 1 QU 10.5 10.68
1932 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics Germany Round One Heat Three 1 QU/=OR 10.6

Men's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) L T(A)
1932 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics Germany Final 4 21.5 6
1932 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics Germany Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 21.5 21.51
1932 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics Germany Quarter-Finals Heat Four 1 QU 21.4 21.48
1932 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics Germany Round One Heat Six 1 QU 21.9 21.83

Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(H) L T(A)
1932 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics Germany GER Final 2 40.9 4
1932 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics Germany GER Round One Heat One 1 QU 41.2 41.22
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