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Equestrianism at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games:

Men's Three-Day Event, Team

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Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): May Field, Imperial Sports Field, Berlin; Military Exercise Field, Döberitz, Brandenburg; Olympic Stadium, Imperial Sports Field, Berlin
Date Started: August 13, 1936
Date Finished: August 16, 1936
Format: Three rider teams, all three scores to count. Team/individual competitions held concurrently.

Gold: GER Germany
Silver: POL Poland
Bronze: GBR Great Britain

Summary

Fourteen teams were entered but the cross-country course was so difficult that only four teams had three riders finish the competition. Germany won the gold medal, led by the individual champion Ludwig Stubbendorf, but their hero in this event was Konrad von Wangenheim. In the cross-country section his horse [Kurfürst] fell and von Wangenheim was injured, breaking his collarbone (clavicle). He managed to finish the course but had to negotiate the jumping course the next day for Germany to win the gold medal. He was lifted onto his horse with his arm tightly strapped but during the jumping ride Kurfürst reared back, throwing von Wangenheim who landed on his broken clavicle. He managed to re-mount the horse and finish the course so that Germany could win the gold medal.

Poland won the silver medal, with Great Britain taking bronze. The course difficulty is highlighted by Britain’s bronze-medal winning score which was over 8,000 points behind the silver medalists’ Polish score, although the British were over 9,000 points ahead of the fourth-placed Czechoslovak team. Britain won the bronze medal despite the fact that their final finisher, Richard Fanshawe, incurred numerous penalty points after having to chase his horse for 4 km before remounting, and he took 1 hour, 26 minutes to finish the course with an optimum time of 17:49. On the Czechoslovak team, [Otamar Bureš] similarly took 2 hours, 46 minutes to complete the course.

Konrad, Freiherr von Wangenheim served in the Germany Army in World War II, fighting on the Eastern Front. He was taken prisoner by the Soviets in July 1944 and lived out his life in a Soviet prisoner-of-war camp in Volgograd, dying in January 1953. Details are not clear but there are rumors both that he committed suicide and that he was murdered.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Germany GER Gold -676.65
2 Poland POL Silver -991.70
3 Great Britain GBR Bronze -9,195.50
4 Czechoslovakia TCH -18,952.70
AC Denmark DEN DNF
AC Hungary HUN DNF
AC United States USA DNF
AC Bulgaria BUL DNF
AC Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Sweden SWE DNF
AC Japan JPN DNF
AC Netherlands NED DNF
AC France FRA DNF
AC Italy ITA DNF