Full name: Hans-Otto Woellke
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Weight: 231 lbs (105 kg)
Born: February 18, 1911 in Biskupiec, WarmiÅsko-Mazurskie, Poland
Died: March 22, 1943 in Kozyri, Minsk Voblast, Belarus
Affiliations: PSV Berlin, Berlin (GER)
Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
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 âOlympia.â 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 â 16.60 (1936).
|1936 Summer||25||Berlin||Athletics||Men's Shot Put||Germany||GER||1||Gold||OR|
|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|