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Paul de Bruyn

Full name: Paul de Bruyn
Gender: Male
Height: 5-6 (168 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: October 7, 1907 in Weserdeich, Niedersachsen, Germany
Died: April 5, 1997 in Daytona Beach, Florida, United States
Affiliations: Berliner SC, Berlin (GER)
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Athletics


A sailor, Paul de Bruyn arrived in New York in 1930 and started running for a local track club. He won the German marathon title in 1931, and was a surprise winner of the Boston Marathon the following year, becoming the only German ever to win the Boston Marathon. Considered a favorite at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics, he couldn't deliver, placing only 15th, as he struggled with the heat. After his second Olympic appearance in 1936, de Bruyn became a US citizen, and fought for the American Navy in the War. He volunteered for the US Navy in World War II at Pearl Harbor and worked as a frogman on a repair ship. He was severely injured by the explosion of a ship's propeller in October 1945 at Okinawa and remained in Florida. After the war he worked as an engineer in New York. In his honor, the Daytona Beach Track Club organizes each year a 30-mile run as the "Paul de Bruyn Memorial 30K." In 1983 he was inducted in the Hall of Fame of Road Runners.

Personal Best\: Mar – 2-33:37 (1932).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1932 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics Men's Marathon Germany GER 15
1936 Summer 28 Berlin Athletics Men's Marathon Germany GER AC DNF

Men's Marathon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1932 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics Germany Final Standings 15 2-52:39
1936 Summer 28 Berlin Athletics Germany Final Standings AC DNF
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