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Hermann von Bönninghausen

Full name: Hermann von Bönninghausen
Other name(s): Ajax
Nickname(s): Menzi
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0.5 (185 cm)
Weight: 172 lbs (78 kg)
Born: July 24, 1888 in Bocholt, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Died: January 26, 1919 in Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Affiliations: Sportclub Preußen Duisburg/Turnverein Münchener Sportclub 1860
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Athletics

Biography

German athlete Hermann von Bönninghausen started his sports career mostly running under the pseudonym “Ajax.” He competed in the 1908 London and the 1912 Stockholm Olympics. In London he did not get beyond the heats of the 100 metres but also competed in the long jump with an unknown result. In Stockholm he reached the semifinals of the 110 hurdles.

In his youth von Bönninghausen played soccer in Duisburg, Bocholt and München. In 1907 he bettered the German long jump record twice to 6.56 and 6.80, and in 1911 improved the German 110 hurdles record to 16.4. By profession, von Bönninghausen was a medical doctor.

During World War I, von Bönninghausen served as a surgeon with the 5th Lancers and 7th Infantry Regiment. He was shot in the face near the end of the war, but continued to tend to his patients. He died at home in Düsseldorf shortly after World War I, when only 30, from the effects of his war wounds. He is considered the last Olympian to have died as a result of World War I.

Personal Bests: 100 – 11.1 (1907); 110H – 15.9 (1912); LJ – unknown.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 19 London Athletics Men's 100 metres Germany GER 5 h14r1/3
1908 Summer 19 London Athletics Men's Long Jump Germany GER AC
1912 Summer 23 Stockholm Athletics Men's 110 metres Hurdles Germany GER 2 h3 r2/3

Men's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1908 Summer 19 London Athletics Germany Round One Heat Fourteen 5 12.0est

Men's 110 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1912 Summer 23 Stockholm Athletics Germany Semi-Finals Heat Three 2 15.9est
1912 Summer 23 Stockholm Athletics Germany Round One Heat Ten 2 QU 17.0

Men's Long Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1908 Summer 19 London Athletics Germany Final Standings AC
1908 Summer 19 London Athletics Germany Qualifying Round AC
1908 Summer 19 London Athletics Germany Qualifying Round Group D AC
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