Full name: Hermann von BÃ¶nninghausen
Other name(s): Ajax
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 DÃ¼sseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Affiliations: Sportclub PreuÃen Duisburg/Turnverein MÃ¼nchener Sportclub 1860
German athlete Hermann von BÃ¶nninghausen started his sports career mostly running under the pseudonym âAjax.â 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 BÃ¶nninghausen played soccer in Duisburg, Bocholt and MÃ¼nchen. 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 BÃ¶nninghausen was a medical doctor.
During World War I, von BÃ¶nninghausen 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 DÃ¼sseldorf 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 â 11.1 (1907); 110H â 15.9 (1912); LJ â unknown.
|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|
|1908 Summer||19||London||Athletics||Germany||Round One||Heat Fourteen||5||12.0est|
|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|
|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|