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Fritz Schäfer

Full name: Fritz Schäfer
Nickname(s): Spitzer
Gender: Male
Born: September 7, 1912 in Pirmasens, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
Died: October 15, 1973 in Ludwigshafen, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
Affiliations: SV Siegfried, Ludwigshafen (GER)
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

German welterweight wrestler Fritz Schäfer won the silver medal at the 1936 Berlin Olympics in the Greco-Roman style, losing the final to Sweden’s [Rudolf Svedberg]. This was a re-match of the 1935 European final, also won by Svedberg, who again defeated Schäfer to win the gold medal, but only by a 2-1 decision. Schäfer was runner-up at the 1935 Europeans in both Greco-Roman and freestyle, but in 1937 he won the Europeans in both styles, and at Greco-Roman in both 1938 and 1939. He won eight German Greco-Roman titles in 1934-35, 1937-40 and 1942-43. He was also German freestyle champion six times in 1935, 1937-38, 1940 and 1942-43.

Schäfer trained as a butcher and was deployed as such during World War II. He was declared missing in action in North Africa at the end of World War II. He had, however, been in French captivity since 1943. He later joined the Foreign Legion in 1952, and then fought in Indochina and Algeria. He settled in Metz, France, and was officially considered lost in Germany. In 1972 he returned destitute to Ludwigshafen and died a year later.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Wrestling Men's Welterweight, Greco-Roman Germany GER 2 Silver

Men's Welterweight, Greco-Roman

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BP MR
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Wrestling Germany GER Final Standings 2 1936-08-06
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Wrestling Germany GER Final Round Match #1 2 1936-08-09 Svedberg (SWE) decision (2-1), Schäfer (GER)
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Wrestling Germany GER Round Six 1 1936-08-09 1
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Wrestling Germany GER Round Six Match #1 1 1936-08-09 Schäfer (GER) fall (1:53), Virtanen (FIN) 0
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Wrestling Germany GER Round Five 1 1936-08-09 1
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Wrestling Germany GER Round Five Match #2 AC 1936-08-09 Schäfer (GER) 0
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Wrestling Germany GER Round Four 1T 1936-08-08 1
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Wrestling Germany GER Round Four Match #2 1 1936-08-08 Schäfer (GER) fall (4:46), Tozzi (ITA) 0
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Wrestling Germany GER Round Three 3 1936-08-08 1
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Wrestling Germany GER Round Three Match #4 1 1936-08-08 Schäfer (GER) fall (14:58), Fischer (YUG) 0
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Wrestling Germany GER Round Two 3T 1936-08-07 1
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Wrestling Germany GER Round Two Match #5 1 1936-08-07 Schäfer (GER) fall (3:49), de Feu (BEL) 0
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Wrestling Germany GER Round One 6T 1936-08-06 1
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Wrestling Germany GER Round One Match #5 1 1936-08-06 Schäfer (GER) decision (3-0), Puusepp (EST) 1
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