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Hermann Lemperle

Full name: Hermann Lemperle
Gender: Male
Born: May 22, 1906 in Biberach an der Riß, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Died: September 19, 1983 in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Affiliations: Sportclub Köln-Marienbg.
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Athletics

Biography

Hermann Lemperle was in the top class of German decathletes in the 1920s and 30s. At the 1928 Olympics, he failed to make a height in the pole vault, and 1932 he had to withdraw due to a knee injury. In 1936 his second appearance came at the Olympics when Lemperle was the penultimate torch relay runner bringing the Olympic Flame to the Berlin Olympic Stadium.

One of the most successful German sculptors, Georg Kolbe, also discovered Lemperle’s strength and body, and used him as his model for several years. The bronze sculpture The Decathlete, a result of this collaboration, stands since almost 70 years at the Berlin Olympic Stadium.

Lemperle was also successful professionally. He studied at the German Sport University in Köln, and then went to the Wilhelm Humboldt University of Berlin in 1932 to study art history. After receiving his PhD, with a thesis on Upper Swabian Baroque Monasteries in its Relation to the Landscape, Lemperle served on the university’s scientific staff until the outbreak of World War II. After the war, during which he had served as a lieutenant in the Mountaineers, he found employment at the Württemberg State Museum in Stuttgart as an art historian.

Personal Best\: Dec – 5546 (1928).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Athletics Men's Decathlon Germany GER 19

Men's Decathlon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank P(1912BT) P(1985T) T D H
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Athletics Germany Final Standings 19 6,293.755 5.484
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Athletics Germany 100 metres 7T 762.0 683 11.6
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Athletics Germany 100 metres Heat Eleven 1 762.0 683 11.6
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Athletics Germany Long jump 16T 730.50 697 6.50
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Athletics Germany Shot put 6 762 665 12.96
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Athletics Germany High jump 23T 608 504 1.65
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Athletics Germany 400 metres 9T 827.04 684 52.8
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Athletics Germany 110 metre hurdles 21T 734 520 17.8
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Athletics Germany Discus throw 6 687.64 604 36.99
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Athletics Germany Pole vault AC NH 0 0
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Athletics Germany Javelin throw 23 451.375 457 41.05
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Athletics Germany 1,500 metres 2 731.2 670 4:41.6
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