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Paul Lange

Full name: Paul Lange
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Weight: 172 lbs (78 kg)
Born: February 6, 1931 in Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Died: March 15, 2016 in Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Affiliations: Turnerschaft Sterkrade 1869, Oberhausen (GER)
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Canoeing

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


Paul Lange was a bricklayer by profession. In 1960 at Roma he won Olympic gold in the K-1 4x500m relay, which was held for the only time at these Olympics, together with [Dieter Krause] and [Günter Perleberg] who both came from East Germany, and the West German [Friedhelm Wentzke]. This was the only gold medal won by a truly unified Olympic team of the then separate two German states.

Even before the Olympics Paul Lange was K-1 4x500m relay World Champion (with [Meinrad Miltenberger], [Fritz Briel], and the non-Olympian Helmut Herz) and third in the K-2 500m (with Miltenberger) at the 1958 championships. In the 4x500m relay, Lange also won European titles in 1959 and 1961 and a silver medal at the 1957 European Championships. Lange was German champion in K-1 500m in 1958 and 1960. He ended his active career in 1963 and died at the age of 85 after a long and serious illness.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 29 Roma Canoeing Men's Kayak Relay 4 × 500 metres Germany GER 1 Gold

Men's Kayak Relay 4 × 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Date T
1960 Summer 29 Roma Canoeing Germany GER Final Round 1960-08-29 1:56.82
1960 Summer 29 Roma Canoeing Germany GER Semi-Finals Heat Two 1960-08-27 1:56.99
1960 Summer 29 Roma Canoeing Germany GER Round One Heat Two 1960-08-26 2:01.89
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