Full name: Ewald Mertens
Height: 5-6.5 (169 cm)
Weight: 132 lbs (60 kg)
Born: September 24, 1909 in Nordhausen, Thüringen, Germany
Died: February 7, 1965 in Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Affiliations: KTV Wittenberg, Lutherstadt Wittenberg (GER)
Ewald Mertens, an 800 runner, was eliminated in the semifinals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. He was twice German Champion with the 4x1,500 relay, in 1936-37. He later became a successful coach in Halle and Erfurt in former GDR.
From 1957 Mertens was district coach for the Thuringian Athletic Association and then head coach at SC Turbine Erfurt. Among his pupils were [Ulla Donath], [Manfred Matuschewski], [Jürgen May], and [Siegfried Herrmann]. Since the start of the East German athletics national team he was the middle-distance coach until his death, including at the 1956 and 1960 Olympics. In his youth he was educated as a shoemaker by his father.
Personal Best\: 800 – 1:52.8 (1937).
|1936 Summer||26||Berlin||Athletics||Men's 800 metres||Germany||GER||5 h2 r2/3|
|1936 Summer||26||Berlin||Athletics||Germany||Semi-Finals||Heat Two||5||1:54.9|
|1936 Summer||26||Berlin||Athletics||Germany||Round One||Heat Three||4||QU||1:55.1|