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Emmerich Rath

Full name: Emmerich Rath
Other name(s): Emerich Ráth
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10.5 (180 cm)
Weight: 159 lbs (72 kg)
Born: November 5, 1883 in Prague, Hlavní město Praha, Czech Republic
Died: December 21, 1962 in Broumov, Královéhradecký kraj, Czech Republic
Country: AUT Austria
Sport: Athletics

Biography

Emmerich Rath was a German-Bohemian businessman who sold sports articles. Living in Praha and Germany, he took part in the 1908 and 1912 Olympics as an Austrian representing the Habsburg monarchy. Rath was an all-round sportsman who practiced athletics, wrestling, boxing, rowing, canoeing, skating, bobsleigh, cross country skiing, mountain climbing and was playing rugby, hockey and ice hockey. Rath, the son of a shoemaker, started playing football at [DFC Praha], but during his career joined multiple different clubs. Rath also competed in the Nordic Skiing World Championships.

Between 1904 and 1909 Rath became famous as a military walker with "war walking equipment". This equipment weighed 31 kg and included a musette bag with a rolled overcoat, a buckled roast pocket (in German Bratkessel), a mantle, a belt, a bayonet, a field spade, a bread sack, a field bottle, the ammunition pocket filled with munitions, and, of course, the rifle. The weight was filled up with sand, if needed. Only shoes and clothes were free for him to choose. Rath won the 50 km walks from Berlin in 1905 and 1907-09, which were considered a medical sensation as he claimed not to smoke, nor drink alcohol, and was a vegetarian. In 1906 he published his experiences in the book: Der Gepäckmarsch über 50 km und warum ich siegte (The 50 km Military Walk and the Way I Won It). In 1920 and 1924 Rath attended the Olympics as a journalist. After World War II he was worked as a bricklayer.

Personal Bests: 400 – 55.0; Mar – 3-27:02 (1912); 10kmW – unknown; HJ – 1.62; PV – 3.10.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 24 London Athletics Men's Marathon Austria AUT 25
1908 Summer 24 London Athletics Men's 10 mile Walk Austria AUT 8 h2 r1/2
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics Men's Marathon Austria AUT 33
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics Men's Cross-Country, Individual Austria AUT AC DNF

Men's Marathon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1908 Summer 24 London Athletics Austria Final Standings 25 3-50:30.4
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics Austria Final Standings 33 3-27:03.8

Men's 10 mile Walk

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1908 Summer 24 London Athletics Austria Round One Heat Two 8 1-30:33.8

Men's Cross-Country, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics Austria Final Standings AC DNF
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