Ladislav Toman

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameLadislav•Toman
Used nameLadislav•Toman
Born19 June 1894 in Prasetín (CZE)
Died29 May 1935 in Praha (Prague) (CZE)
NOC Czechoslovakia


Czechoslovakian sculptor Ladislav Toman attended the ceramic school in Bechyně. He then studied in Praha (Prague) at the universities of applied arts and visual arts. Beginning in 1928 he taught as an assistant at the Institute for Sculpture at the Technical University. Toman made allegorical reliefs for buildings, tombs and sculptures, but also medals. A number of his neorealistic works dealt with the subject of sport.

The eights rowing race on the river Vltava was founded in 1895 by Bohemian sports and Olympic pioneer Josef Rössler-Ořovský. The women’s races started in 1934. The challenge prize Frauenachter (Wanderpreis für das Prager Frauenachter-Rennen) (Women’s Eights – Challenge Trophy for the Praha Women’s Eights Race) was donated by Alois Houba and designed by Ladislav Toman. It was submitted to the 1936 Berlin Olympics, although Toman died in 1935, and was awarded until the end of the 1950s. Then it was badly damaged during transport and only restored in 1978. Since then, the relief has been awarded again as the prize for the women’s eights competition.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1936 Summer Olympics Art Competitions TCH Ladislav Toman
Sculpturing, Reliefs, Open (Olympic) Alois Houba AC

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