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Ewald Mertens

Full name: Ewald Mertens
Gender: Male
Height: 5-6.5 (169 cm)
Weight: 132 lbs (60 kg)
Born: September 24, 1909 in Nordhausen, Thüringen, Germany
Died: February 7, 1965 in Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Affiliations: KTV Wittenberg, Lutherstadt Wittenberg (GER)
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Athletics


Ewald Mertens, an 800 runner, was eliminated in the semifinals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. He was twice German Champion with the 4x1,500 relay, in 1936-37. He later became a successful coach in Halle and Erfurt in former GDR.

From 1957 Mertens was district coach for the Thuringian Athletic Association and then head coach at SC Turbine Erfurt. Among his pupils were [Ulla Donath], [Manfred Matuschewski], [Jürgen May], and [Siegfried Herrmann]. Since the start of the East German athletics national team he was the middle-distance coach until his death, including at the 1956 and 1960 Olympics. In his youth he was educated as a shoemaker by his father.

Personal Best\: 800 – 1:52.8 (1937).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Summer 26 Berlin Athletics Men's 800 metres Germany GER 5 h2 r2/3

Men's 800 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H)
1936 Summer 26 Berlin Athletics Germany Semi-Finals Heat Two 5 1:54.9
1936 Summer 26 Berlin Athletics Germany Round One Heat Three 4 QU 1:55.1
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