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Fritz Huhn

Full name: Fritz Huhn
Gender: Male
Height: 5-6 (168 cm)
Weight: 143 lbs (65 kg)
Born: September 26, 1900 in Jena, Thüringen, Germany
Died: June 10, 1990 in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Affiliations: VfB Jena, Jena (GER)
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Athletics


Fritz Huhn finished disappointing a 17th at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympic Games in the high jump. He was German Champion in 1923 and 1926, runner-up in 1925 and 1928, and third in 1929. An educated gymnast and sports teacher, he later became a successful high jump coach and lecturer on German high jump style at international meetings. He also is credited with developing the straddle technique, derived from the Western roll. In 1936 at Berlin he was the umpire for the high jump judges.

After World War II Huhn apprenticed as a glassblower in his father’s company in Jena. He led this company after his father’s death until 1952, when he defected to West Germany, then working as a school teacher. His brother Ernst was seen as a candidate for the 1916 Berlin Olympic Games which were not held due to World War I.

Personal Best\: HJ – 1.885 (1928).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Summer 27 Amsterdam Athletics Men's High Jump Germany GER 17T

Men's High Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank H
1928 Summer 27 Amsterdam Athletics Germany Final Round 17T 1.70
1928 Summer 27 Amsterdam Athletics Germany Qualifying Round 1T QU 1.83
1928 Summer 27 Amsterdam Athletics Germany Qualifying Round Group C 1T 1.83
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