Full name: Karl Hermann Gotthard Handrick
Born: October 25, 1908 in Zittau, Sachsen, Germany
Died: May 30, 1978 in GroÃhansdorf, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Sport: Modern Pentathlon
Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
Since the first appearance of modern pentathlon at the Olympics in 1912, Germanyâs Gotthard Handrick became the first non-Swedish Olympic Champion in 1936. As of 2016 this remained Germanyâs only Olympic triumph in menâs modern pentathlon.
Handrick became a professional soldier in 1929, participated in the Spanish Civil War in 1937 as a fighter pilot, and claimed five aerial victories while flying for the Legion Condor. During World War II he was a member of the German Air Force. As a group commander he later rose to the rank of major with Jagdgeschwader 26. From October 1940 to June 1941, he led the III. Group of Jagdgeschwader 52, deployed to Bucharest, and supported the battles for the island of Crete. He was later promoted Geschwaderkommodore.
In June 1943 he was transferred to Austria, and organized the fighter pilot group Ostmark in 1944. At the beginning of 1945, Handrick was part of the planning staff of the strategic operation Bodenplatte (Baseplate). Handrick was awarded the Spanish Cross with Swords, the German Golden Cross and the Iron Cross I. and II. Class. He survived the war and became a representative of Daimler-Benz in Hamburg.
|1936 Summer||27||Berlin||Modern Pentathlon||Men's Individual||Germany||GER||1||Gold|
|1936 Summer||27||Berlin||Modern Pentathlon||Germany||Final Standings||1||31.5|
|1936 Summer||27||Berlin||Modern Pentathlon||Germany||Riding||2=||0.0||9:09.6|
|1936 Summer||27||Berlin||Modern Pentathlon||Germany||Fencing||2||25||4||27.0|
|1936 Summer||27||Berlin||Modern Pentathlon||Germany||Shooting||4||192||20|
|1936 Summer||27||Berlin||Modern Pentathlon||Germany||Swimming||9||4:51.9|
|1936 Summer||27||Berlin||Modern Pentathlon||Germany||Running||14||14:41.7|