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Herbert Runge

Full name: Herbert Runge
Gender: Male
Born: January 23, 1913 in Elberfeld, Wuppertal, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Died: March 11, 1986 in Wuppertal, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Affiliations: Elberfelder Boxclub, Elberfeld (GER)
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Boxing

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


German boxer Herbert Runge was beaten in the heavyweight final of the European Championships in both 1934 and 1937, and in 1939 he was the bronze medalist. He won the gold medal at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, however, beating [Guillermo Lovell] of Argentina on points to became the first and, after Rio 2016, only German Olympic heavyweight champion. Runge won eight German national titles between 1935 and 1943.

Runge was a trained butcher but after World War II turned to professional boxing only with little success. He did, however, fight for the German heavyweight title in 1949, losing to Hein Ten Hoff, who would later become European Champion. After quitting boxing Runge owned a pub in Remscheid which was called “Olympiaklause”, and from 1976 was employed by the Fuhlrott Museum in Wuppertal.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Boxing Men's Heavyweight Germany GER 1 Gold

Men's Heavyweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MR R
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Boxing Germany GER Final Round Match 1/2 1 1936-08-15 Runge (GER) , Lovell (ARG) decision
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Boxing Germany GER Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1936-08-14 Runge (GER) walkover
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Boxing Germany GER Quarter-Finals Match #4 1 1936-08-13 Runge (GER) , Stuart (GBR) decision
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Boxing Germany GER Round Two Match #7 1 1936-08-12 Runge (GER) , Kus (TCH) knock-out 1
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Boxing Germany GER Round One Match #13 1 1936-08-10 Runge (GER) bye
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