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Gustav Lexau

Full name: Gustav Lexau
Gender: Male
Affiliations: Altonaer Sportverein von 1896
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Swimming, Water Polo

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

The energetic and ambitious chairman of the Deutscher Schwimm-Verband (DSV) [Georg Hax] received an invitation to the 1900 Olympic Games. His aim was to send the German Swimming Federation to Paris to contest the world's best. Hax nominated for the water polo team [Max Hainle] from Stuttgart and [Ernst Hoppenberg] from Bremen, who were already chosen as swimmers for Paris. Other participants were Gustav Lexau (Berliner Schwimm Club “Trout”), [Fritz Scheider] (Poseidon Berlin), [Paul Gebauer] (Berlin SV von 1878), and [Hans Aniol] (Amateur SC Berlin). Under the name L'équipe impériale Allemande the German Reich selection went to Paris with Hax as team captain and goalkeeper.

In the game Germany against Pupilles de Neptune from Lille, the French proved far superior and led at half-time, 3-0. The German team had a hard struggle, since they had to cope with the international rules for the first time. The popular “ball in hand” tactic was countered by aggressive play by the French. A tactical change at the break helped the Germans score two goals in the second half, while Lille did not score any further, nevertheless they won 3-2.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1900 Summer Paris Water Polo Men's Water Polo Germany GER 5T
1900 Summer Paris Swimming Men's 200 metres Team Swimming Deutscher Schwimm Verband Berlin GER 1 Gold

Men's Water Polo

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1900 Summer Paris Water Polo Germany GER Round One Match #2 2 1900-08-11 Pupilles de Neptune de Lille #2-1 3, GER 2

Men's 200 metres Team Swimming

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank PTS T
1900 Summer Paris Swimming Deutscher Schwimm Verband Berlin GER Final 1 6 2:42.0
1900 Summer Paris Swimming Deutscher Schwimm Verband Berlin GER Final Heat Two 1 6 2:42.0
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