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Erich Hagen

Full name: Erich Walter Hagen
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8.5 (174 cm)
Weight: 163 lbs (74 kg)
Born: December 11, 1936 in Leipzig, Sachsen, Germany
Died: May 26, 1978 in Leipzig, Sachsen, Germany
Affiliations: SC DHfK, Leipzig (GER)
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Cycling

Medals: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

East German road cyclist Erich Hagen was on the road race teams at the 1956 and 1960 Olympics in Melbourne and Roma, winning the silver medal in 1960. In 1956 he was the fourth best in the team and therefore was not awarded a medal. Individually he placed 22nd and 21st. He qualified for the 1956 Games as the winner of the East German national title in road race. After he was not nominated for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, he retired from cycling.

At the 1960 Roma Olympics the 100 km team time trial began the 1960 Olympic cycling program. Although it started at 09.00, the day was hot, with temperatures reaching 34° C. (93° F.). Therefore the teams had to fight hard and the East German team consisting of [Gustav-Adolf Schur], [Egon Adler], [Günter Lörke], and Hagen lost Lörke early in the race. Nevertheless the team won the silver medal behind Italy. The race was overshadowed by the death of [Knud Enemark Jensen] from Denmark, today widely seen as one of the first drug misuse deaths caused by doping substances.

Hagen later became a taxi driver in Leipzig. In 1978 he was found dead in his taxi after driving directly into a bridge pier. It was rumored he had family problems and committed suicide.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 19 Melbourne Cycling Men's Road Race, Individual Germany GER 22
1956 Summer 19 Melbourne Cycling Men's Road Race, Team Germany GER 3 Bronze non-scoring
1960 Summer 23 Roma Cycling Men's Road Race, Individual Germany GER 21
1960 Summer 23 Roma Cycling Men's 100 kilometres Team Time Trial Germany GER 2 Silver

Men's Road Race, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank M T
1956 Summer 19 Melbourne Cycling Germany Final Standings 22 at 5:21
1960 Summer 23 Roma Cycling Germany Final Standings 21 at 0:20

Men's Road Race, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank TP
1956 Summer 19 Melbourne Cycling Germany GER Final Standings 3 non-scoring 22

Men's 100 kilometres Team Time Trial

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1960 Summer 23 Roma Cycling Germany GER Final Standings 2 2-16:56.31
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