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Johannes Runge

Full name: Johannes Runge
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0.5 (185 cm)
Weight: 165 lbs (75 kg)
Born: January 24, 1878 in Braunschweig, Niedersachsen, Germany
Died: November 12, 1949 in Bad Harzburg, Niedersachsen, Germany
Affiliations: Eintracht Braunschweig, Braunschweig (GER)
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Athletics

Biography

Johannes Runge started playing football (soccer) in 1895, and then became the first major German middle-distance runner, starting sometimes under the pseudonyms “Walter” or “Isge.” He later was a sports official, serving as first assessor from 1906-08 and then deputy president of the German Sports Association for Athletics (DSBfA) from 1910-13, and he was its president from 1913 until December 1919. In 1913 he participated at the inaugural meeting of the IAAF in Berlin and was a member of IAAF Committees, in 1913-14 as Chairman of the Committee of Preparation for the Amateur Regulations, and from 1914-20 as Committee on Competition and Amateur Regulations. Runge was awarded the IAAF Veteran needle in 1930.

In 1928 at Amsterdam, Runge led the German modern pentathlon team and he was a member of the Organizing Committee at the 1936 Berlin Games. He also worked as a football referee and wrote several athletics textbooks. Runge died from a heart attack in 1949 on the day of the founding of the German Athletics Association DLV.

As a student he was not permitted to compete at the 1900 Paris Olympics, but was then nominated for the 1904 St. Louis Games by the DRAfOS as a distance runner. As a teacher and civil servant Runge did not seek permission to start by his employers until the ship had left port headed for New York, for which he was severely reprimanded. He then participated in the 400, 800 and 1,500, placing fifth in the 800 and 1,500. At the 1906 Athina Olympic Games he again started in the 400 and 800, and competed in the long jump.

Personal Bests\: 400 – 51.2 (1906); 800 – 1:57.1e (1904); 1500 – 4:09.0e (1904); LJ – 6.70 (1906).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1904 Summer 26 St. Louis Athletics Men's 400 metres Germany GER AC
1904 Summer 26 St. Louis Athletics Men's 800 metres Germany GER 5
1904 Summer 26 St. Louis Athletics Men's 1,500 metres Germany GER 5
1906 Summer 28 Athina Athletics Men's 400 metres Germany GER 2 h6 r1/3
1906 Summer 28 Athina Athletics Men's 800 metres Germany GER AC
1906 Summer 28 Athina Athletics Men's Long Jump Germany GER 12

Men's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1904 Summer 26 St. Louis Athletics Germany Final Standings AC
1906 Summer 28 Athina Athletics Germany Round One Heat Six 2 QC

Men's 800 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank MB
1904 Summer 26 St. Louis Athletics Germany Final Standings 5
1906 Summer 28 Athina Athletics Germany Final AC DNF
1906 Summer 28 Athina Athletics Germany Round One Heat Four 2 QU 4 yds bh

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1904 Summer 26 St. Louis Athletics Germany Final Standings 5

Men's Long Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1906 Summer 28 Athina Athletics Germany Final Standings 12 5.900
1906 Summer 28 Athina Athletics Germany Round One NP foul
1906 Summer 28 Athina Athletics Germany Round Two 11 5.900
1906 Summer 28 Athina Athletics Germany Round Three 12 5.715
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