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Günther Ortmann

Full name: Günther Ortmann
Gender: Male
Born: November 30, 1916 in Lubań, Dolnośląskie, Poland
Died: January 10, 2002
Affiliations: Borussia Carlowitz, Wrocław (POL)
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Handball

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


Field handball was only part of the Olympic program once, at the 1936 Berlin Games. The German Reich dominated their two preliminary round matches, beating Hungary 22-0 and then the USA 29-1, before winning all three matches in the final round, including a 10-6 win over Austria in the deciding match that won the gold medal. Günther Ortmann played two matches in Berlin and scored seven goals. Two years later, the inaugural World Championships in both field and indoor handball were held, which were both won by Germany. He won 16 international caps, although some sources say 22, whilst others say 24.

Ortmann was also a very good decathlete and turned to handball after playing fistball and soccer. In 1944 he was seriously injured whilst serving as a captain on the Eastern Front in World War II. After the war he became a coach and sports official. He also wrote frequently in the local press about sport and especially equestrian events. By profession, Ortmann was a policeman. In 2002 he died following a stroke.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Summer 19 Berlin Handball Men's Handball Germany GER 1 Gold

Men's Handball

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result G
1936 Summer 19 Berlin Handball Germany GER Final Round Match #4 1 1936-08-12 GER 16, SUI 6 3
1936 Summer 19 Berlin Handball Germany GER Group A Match #1 1 1936-08-06 GER 22, HUN 0 4
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