Kurt Doerry

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameKurt Wilhelm•Doerry
Used nameKurt•Doerry
Other namesArthur Payne
Born24 September 1874 in Wilhelmshaven, Niedersachsen (GER)
Died4 January 1947 in West-Berlin, Berlin (GER) 
Measurements179 cm / 73 kg
AffiliationsSport-Excelsior Friedenau, Berlin (GER)
NOC Germany


Kurt Doerry was one of the best European sprinters in the final 10 years of the 19th century, starting out as a junior 1892 under the pseudonym Arthur Payne and winning German titles at over 200 and 400 m in 1899. He took part in the first two Olympic Games 1896 and 1900 in athletics in different disciplines. He later was also a very good figure skater, cyclist, boxing referee, tennis player and a hockey international for Germany.

He was a founding member of the Deutscher Hockey Bund (DHB) in 1909 and first president until 1914. His 1904 published book Leichte Athletik was the first one written by a German Olympian and was the first in a row of a lot special literature concerning athletic themes. In the 1890s he had worked on the sport desk of Sport im Bild, and served as its editor-in-chief until World War II. In 1910 Doerry became president of the Verein Deutsche Sportpresse. As a representative of the sport press he was elected onto the executive committee of the Association Internationale de la Presse Sportive (AIPS) in 1928. With Willy Dörr he co-wrote Das Olympia-Buch (1927).

Personal Bests: 50 – 5.6 (1896); 100y – 10.2 (1896); 200 – 22.5 (1895); 400 – 53.5; 110H – unknown.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1896 Summer Olympics Athletics GER Kurt Doerry
100 metres, Men (Olympic) AC h1 r1/2
400 metres, Men (Olympic) AC h1 r1/2
800 metres, Men (Olympic) DNS
110 metres Hurdles, Men (Olympic) AC h2 r1/2
High Jump, Men (Olympic) DNS
Pole Vault, Men (Olympic) DNS
Long Jump, Men (Olympic) DNS
1900 Summer Olympics Athletics GER Kurt Doerry
100 metres, Men (Olympic) AC h2 r2/3
100 metres, Handicap, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) 3 h2 r1/3