Hermann Salomon

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameHermann•Salomon
Used nameHermann•Salomon
Born13 April 1938 in Gdańsk, Pomorskie (POL)
Died11 June 2020 in Mainz, Rheinland-Pfalz (GER)
Measurements183 cm / 88 kg
AffiliationsHamburger SV, Hamburg (GER) / USC Mainz, Mainz (GER)
NOC Germany West Germany
Nationality West Germany


Three-time Olympic javelin thrower Hermann Salomon finished 12th both at the 1960 Roma Olympics and the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, but was eliminated in the qualifying round at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. He also came in 12th at the 1962 Europeans and was eliminated in qualifying four years later. He was West German javelin champion in 1960, 1962-64, and 1967-68, also winning the international pentathlon in 1959-62.

After World War II Salomon was expelled from his birth place of Danzig (Gdańsk), later in Poland. In 1971 he was awarded the Rudolf Harbig Memorial Award, and the DLV needle in gold in 1988. He later became professor of philology and sports science at the University of Mainz. Salomon was married to basketball player Hannelore Dreher.

Personal Best: JT – 83.48 (1968).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1960 Summer Olympics Athletics GER FRG Hermann Salomon
Javelin Throw, Men (Olympic) 12
1964 Summer Olympics Athletics GER FRG Hermann Salomon
Javelin Throw, Men (Olympic) 14 r1/2
1968 Summer Olympics Athletics FRG Hermann Salomon
Javelin Throw, Men (Olympic) 12

Special Notes