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Fritz Traun

Full name: Friedrich Adolf "Fritz" Traun
Gender: Male
Born: March 29, 1876 in Wandsbek, Hamburg, Germany
Died: July 11, 1908 in Wandsbek, Hamburg, Germany
Affiliations: Germania Hamburg, Hamburg (GER)
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Athletics, Tennis

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Fritz Traun was a multi-talented sportsman, but was primarily known as a track and field athlete when he competed at the 1896 Olympics. He was Germany's best middle distance runner of the time, yet failed to qualify in the heats of the 100 and 800 metres in Athens. He then switched to tennis, which he had been playing for several years. He was a board member of the Heidelburg Tennis Club, but was not known as a player. He was beaten by [Boland] in the singles, but was then invited to join the Irishman in the doubles tournament. The two won that event with considerable ease.

Traun switched his main focus to tennis after the Games, although he would better the German long jump record later that year. He won various tennis tournaments in Germany, his last and biggest success being the Austrian Tournament in Praha of 1902, where he won both the singles and doubles. In the winter of 1904, he competed with his bobsled "Hansa" at various St. Moritz competitions, achieving some good results. He was one of the founders of the German Golf Federation and served as their secretary, and was a co-founder and secretary general of the Hamburg Golf Club. Traun was also a keen automobile collector.

In the winter of 1902-03, Traun developed tuberculosis and spent much of the next few years at spas and resorts in Europe, attempting to treat the disease. In 1908, he married Friedel Preetorius, and they left for a three-month honeymoon by car. After returning to Germany, they settled in a Hamburg hotel. On the morning of 11 July 1908, a woman entered Traun’s hotel, met with him, and announced that she and Traun were also married. After their meeting, he shot and killed himself in the bathroom of his apartment. Her identity and the validity of her claim was never revealed, but it seems probable that Traun killed himself rather than face the ensuing scandal. Traun, who worked for his father's company, left his wife behind pregnant, and their daughter, Lieselotte, was born six months after his death.

Personal Bests: 100 – unknown; 800 – 2.08.1y (1895).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1896 Summer 20 Athina Tennis Men's Singles Germany GER 8T
1896 Summer 20 Athina Tennis Men's Doubles Great Britain/Germany GER 1 Gold
1896 Summer 20 Athina Athletics Men's 100 metres Germany GER 3 h3 r1/2
1896 Summer 20 Athina Athletics Men's 800 metres Germany GER 3 h1 r1/2

Men's Singles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1896 Summer 20 Athina Tennis Germany GER Pool Β Match #2 2 1896-04-08 Boland (GBR) 3, Traun (GER) 2 2

Men's Doubles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1896 Summer 20 Athina Tennis Great Britain/Germany GER John Pius Boland Final Round Match 1/2 1 1896-04-11 Great Britain/Germany-2 2, GRE-1 1 2
1896 Summer 20 Athina Tennis Great Britain/Germany GER John Pius Boland Semi-Finals Match #2 AC 1896-04-09 Great Britain/Germany-2 bye
1896 Summer 20 Athina Tennis Great Britain/Germany GER John Pius Boland Round One Match #3 1 1896-04-09 Great Britain/Germany-2 , GRE-3

Men's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank MB
1896 Summer 20 Athina Athletics Germany Round One Heat Three 3 at 6 m.

Men's 800 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank MB
1896 Summer 20 Athina Athletics Germany Round One Heat One 3 at 20 m.
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