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Gene Venzke

Full name: Eugene George "Gene" Venzke
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2 (188 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: June 27, 1908 in Leaf Valley Township, Minnesota, United States
Died: February 14, 1992 in Exeter Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States
Affiliations: NYAC, New York (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics


Gene Venzke won the IC4A mile in 1935-36 for Penn, and placed third in 1934 at the NCAA mile. He never won an outdoor AAU title, but three times won the indoor mile – 1932-33 and 1936. At the outdoor AAUs, he placed in the top five from 1930-40, with the exception of 1938, finishing second in 1931 and 1935. In 1936 he ran on the US 4×Mile relay team (with [Chuck Hornbostel], [Archie San Romani], and [Glenn Cunningham]) that broke the world record at a meet in London against a British Empire team. He also competed for the New York AC.

Personal Bests: 800 – 1:52.5 (1935); 1500 – 3:49.7 (1940); Mile – 4:10.0i (1932).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Summer 28 Berlin Athletics Men's 1,500 metres United States USA 9

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H)
1936 Summer 28 Berlin Athletics United States Final 9 3:55.0
1936 Summer 28 Berlin Athletics United States Round One Heat Two 1 QU 4:00.4
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