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Karl Hähnel

Full name: Karl Hähnel
Gender: Male
Born: October 11, 1892 in Ilversgehoven, Thüringen, Germany
Died: May 14, 1955 in Königstein, Bayern, Germany
Affiliations: Schwarz-Weiß Erfurt, Erfurt (GER)
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Athletics


Karl Hähnel came in a thankless fourth in the 50 km walk at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Games. He described his race in the journal Start und Ziel (Start and Finish) as follows\: "My mistake was that I did not consider the enormous heat at its peak … The race was difficult, with 16 proven champions giving up halfway."

Hähenl is still one of the most successful race walkers in the history of the German athletics. He was German Champion 10 times from 1922-35 over various distances and in 1922 became the first German race walker to finish the 100 km under 10 hours (9:57:00). In 1924 he set a world record for the 50 km. During World War II he worked as an interpreter and was sentenced to prison in East Germany after the war. After his release in 1955, Hähnel left Erfurt, and fled to the West.

Personal Best\: 50kmW – 4-36:22 (1924).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1932 Summer 39 Los Angeles Athletics Men's 50 kilometres Walk Germany GER 4

Men's 50 kilometres Walk

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H)
1932 Summer 39 Los Angeles Athletics Germany Final Standings 4 5-06:06
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