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Art Competitions at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games:

Mixed Literature, Lyric Works

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Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Exhibition Area Hall VI, Kaiserdamm, Berlin
Date Started: August 1, 1936
Date Finished: August 16, 1936

Gold: GER Franz Sondinger
Silver: ITA Bruno Fattori
Bronze: AUT Hans Helmut Stoiber


The winning poem in this event was written by [Felix Dhünen], a pseudonym for Franz Sondinger. Entitled Der Läufer (The Runner), it tells of Pheidippides, the mythical runner announcing the Greek victory at the Battle of Marathon. The runner, having earlier run to Sparta and back, then collapsed and died. This story inspired the organization of the marathon foot race, first held at the 1896 Olympics.

The other medals went to [Bruno Fattori], a World War I veteran and Dante expert, and [Hans Helmut Stoiber], an Austrian middle school student. Stoiber did not engage in a literary career later, becoming a lawyer, judge and biologist.

View a Phase of this EventFinal Standings

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal Title
1 Franz Sondinger 40 Germany GER Gold The Runner
2 Bruno Fattori 45 Italy ITA Silver Azzurri Faces
3 Hans Helmut Stoiber 17 Austria AUT Bronze The Discus