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Hans Woellke

Full name: Hans-Otto Woellke
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Weight: 231 lbs (105 kg)
Born: February 18, 1911 in Biskupiec, Warmińsko-Mazurskie, Poland
Died: March 22, 1943 in Kozyri, Minsk Voblast, Belarus
Affiliations: PSV Berlin, Berlin (GER)
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Shot putter Hans Woellke finished third in the 1938 European Championships, while at the 1934 Europeans he came in eighth. His greatest moment came at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games when he won gold. This was the first ever male German Olympic title in athletics events, a feat which was recorded in the Leni Riefenstahl Olympic film “Olympia.” In 1937 Woellke set an indoor world record. He was German Champion 1934-38 and 1941-42.

As a policeman Woellke was promoted to lieutenant for his Olympic triumph by Nazi leaders Adolf Hitler and Heinrich Himmler. Woellke served as guard in prison camps. He was killed in action in 1943 on the Eastern front as a police captain in a Waffen SS Police Regiment. Khatyn was a normal, peaceful Belarusian village of 26 households. On the morning of 22 March 1943 partisans fired at a German convoy from 6 km away, and Woellke was killed in a shootout. Soon after that, German soldiers surrounded Khatyn, herding the citizens, including the elderly, women, and children, into a barn, where they were locked up and burned. The fire killed 149 people including 75 children. Woellke is buried in a cemetery in Minsk.

Personal Best: SP – 16.60 (1936).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Athletics Men's Shot Put Germany GER 1 Gold OR

Men's Shot Put

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Athletics Germany Final Round 1 OR 16.20
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Athletics Germany Final Round Round One 1 15.96
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Athletics Germany Final Round Round Two 2 14.76
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Athletics Germany Final Round Round Three 2 15.72
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Athletics Germany Final Round Round Four 2 15.90
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Athletics Germany Final Round Round Five 1 OR 16.20
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Athletics Germany Final Round Round Six NP 14.98
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Athletics Germany Qualifying Round NP QU
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