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Rudolph Lewis

Full name: Rudolph Ludewyk Lewis
Nickname(s): Okey
Gender: Male
Born: July 12, 1887 in Waterberg, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
Died: October 29, 1933 in Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
Affiliations: Germiston District Cycling Club
Country: RSA South Africa
Sport: Cycling

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


Until very recently, almost nothing was known of the life of Rudolph Lewis, the winner of the cycling road race at the 1912 Olympics. But recent research by Dr. Floris van der Merwe at the University of Stellenbosch has uncovered some details of his life. He was born on a farm near Pretoria, in the Waterberg District, but his family moved to Germiston when he was a youth, and he grew up there. In addition to cycling he was known as a good boxer and skater. Prior to the 1912 Olympics, he worked a full-time job for nine years underground in a gold mine. He raced professionally in Germany in 1913-14 with little success. He served in the German Army during World War I and was awarded the Iron Cross. He spent time as a prisoner of war and was quite debilitated after the war by his injuries, and died rather young, at 46.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1912 Summer 24 Stockholm Cycling Men's Road Race, Individual South Africa RSA 1 Gold

Men's Road Race, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1912 Summer 24 Stockholm Cycling South Africa Final Standings 1 10-42:39.0
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