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Richard Rau

Full name: Richard Rau
Other name(s): Richard Einsporn
Gender: Male
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
Weight: 148 lbs (67 kg)
Born: August 26, 1889 in Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Died: November 17, 1945 in Vyasma, Smolensk, Russia
Affiliations: SC Charlottenburg, Berlin (GER)
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Athletics

Biography

Richard Rau, who was later a business man and owner of a sportshop, started his high-level career in 1908 winning several German Championships as a sprinter and hurdler. He was the second German to run 100 metres in 10.5 (1911) and the first German under 22.0 seconds for 200 m (1912). During WW I he ran under the pseudonym Richard Einsporn, and during his career, set over 20 German records. In 1933 he joined the Nazi Party and the SS and reached the rank of Hauptsturmbannführer in 1938. In 1945 he was captured by the Americans and was dismissed to the Soviet Zone, where he tried to escape, only to be captured and shot. He was then immediately transported to the Vyasma POW Camp where he died in November of the same year.

Personal Bests: 100y – 10.1 (1910); 100 – 10.5 (1911/1912); 200 – 21.6 (1914); 110H – 15.6 (1911).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Men's 100 metres Germany GER 2 h4 r2/3
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Men's 200 metres Germany GER 4
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay Germany GER AC

Men's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Germany Semi-Finals Heat Four 2 10.9est
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Germany Round One Heat Six 1 QU 11.5

Men's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T L
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Germany Final 4 22.2est 5
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Germany Semi-Finals Heat Five 1 QU 22.1
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Germany Round One Heat Six 1 QU 22.5

Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Germany GER Final AC DQ [42.4]
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Germany GER Semi-Finals Heat Three 1 QU/WR 42.3
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Germany GER Round One Heat Five 1 QU/=OR 43.6