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Henry Laskau

Full name: Helmut "Henry" Laskau
Gender: Male
Height: 5-7.5 (172 cm)
Weight: 141 lbs (64 kg)
Born: September 12, 1916 in Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Died: May 7, 2000 in Coconut Creek, Florida, United States
Affiliations: Maccabi Track Club, Los Angeles (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Biography

Although born in Germany, Henry Laskau left in 1938, escaping from a concentration where the rest of his family was lost. He settled in the US after stops in France and Cuba, and soon joined the US Army after becoming naturalized in 1943. He served the Army as an interpreter in Europe. Laskau had been a distance runner in his youth but was encouraged to try walking after the war and became one of America's greatest race walkers. Over various distances from the mile to 25 km., he won 42 AAU championships between 1947 and 1957. He represented the US at three Olympic Games and the 1951 Pan American Games, in which he won the 10 km. walk. He competed for the 92nd Street YMHA and the Maccabi AC, and retired after winning the 3K walk at the 1957 Maccabiah Games.

Personal Bests: 10kmW – unknown; 20kmW – 1-37:04 (1952).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 31 London Athletics Men's 10 kilometres Walk United States USA AC h2 r1/2
1952 Summer 35 Helsinki Athletics Men's 10 kilometres Walk United States USA AC h1 r1/2
1956 Summer 40 Melbourne Athletics Men's 20 kilometres Walk United States USA 12

Men's 10 kilometres Walk

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1948 Summer 31 London Athletics United States Round One Heat Two AC DQ
1952 Summer 35 Helsinki Athletics United States Round One Heat One AC DQ

Men's 20 kilometres Walk

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1956 Summer 40 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Standings 12 1-38:46.8
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