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Fritz Traun

Full name: Friedrich Adolf "Fritz" Traun
Gender: Male
Born: March 29, 1876 in Wandsbek, Hamburg, Germany
Died: July 11, 1908 in Wandsbek, Hamburg, Germany
Affiliations: Sportsclub Germania, Hamburg
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Athletics, Tennis

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Traun was a multi-talented sportsman, but was primarily known as a track and field athlete when he competed at the 1896 Olympics. He was Germany's best middle distance runner of the time, yet failed to qualify in the heats of the 100 and 800 metres in Athens. He then switched to tennis, which he had been playing for several years. He was a board member of the Heidelburg Tennis Club, but was not known as a player. He was beaten by Boland in the singles, but was then invited to join the Irishman in the doubles tournament. The two won that event with considerable ease. Traun switched his main focus to tennis after the Games, although he would better the German long jump record later that year. He won various tennis tournaments in Germany, his last an biggest success being the Austrian Tournament in Prague of 1902, where he won both the singles and doubles. In the winter of 1904, he competed with his bobsled "Hansa" at various St. Moritz competitions, achieving some good results. He was also a co-founder and secretary general of the Hamburg Golf Club, and a keen automobile owner. In 1908, he married Friedel Preetorius, and they left for a three-month honeymoon by car. After returning to Germany, they settled in a Hamburg hotel. Just a month later, Traun was found dead, having shot himself for reasons unknown. Traun, who worked for his father's company, left his wife behind pregnant. Their daughter Lieselotte was born half a year after his death.

Personal Bests: 100 – unknown; 800 – 2.08.1y (1895).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1896 Summer 20 Athina Tennis Men's Singles Germany GER 8T
1896 Summer 20 Athina Tennis Men's Doubles Great Britain/Germany GER 1 Gold
1896 Summer 20 Athina Athletics Men's 100 metres Germany GER 3 h3 r1/2
1896 Summer 20 Athina Athletics Men's 800 metres Germany GER 3 h1 r1/2

Men's Singles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1896 Summer 20 Athina Tennis Germany GER Pool Β Match #2 2 1896-04-08 Boland (GBR) 3, Traun (GER) 2 2

Men's Doubles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1896 Summer 20 Athina Tennis Great Britain/Germany GER John Pius Boland Final Round Match 1/2 1 1896-04-11 Great Britain/Germany-2 2, GRE-1 1 2
1896 Summer 20 Athina Tennis Great Britain/Germany GER John Pius Boland Semi-Finals Match #2 AC 1896-04-09 Great Britain/Germany-2 bye
1896 Summer 20 Athina Tennis Great Britain/Germany GER John Pius Boland Round One Match #3 1 1896-04-09 Great Britain/Germany-2 , GRE-3

Men's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank MB
1896 Summer 20 Athina Athletics Germany Round One Heat Three 3 at 6 m.

Men's 800 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank MB
1896 Summer 20 Athina Athletics Germany Round One Heat One 3 at 20 m.
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