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Hermann Weingärtner

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Medals OG
Gold 3
Silver 2
Bronze 1
Total 6
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, Non-starter
Full nameHermann Otto Ludwig•Weingärtner
Used nameHermann•Weingärtner
Born27 August 1864 in Frankfurt an der Oder, Brandenburg (GER)
Died22 December 1919 in Frankfurt an der Oder, Brandenburg (GER)
AffiliationsBerliner Turnerschaft
NOC(s) Germany


Hermann Weingärtner was one Germany’s best gymnasts of the 19th century, and the best gymnast in Athina in 1896. With the German team, he won two Olympic titles, and added an individual one on the horizontal bar, as well as two second places and a third. His second place in the rings event was a close one: with the jury deadlocked on a decision, Greek Prince Georgios cast the deciding vote in favor of his countryman Ioannis Mitropoulos. Weingärtner’s six medals was the most won by any athlete at the 1896 Olympics, and his three gold medals trailed only his teammate, Carl Schuhmann. After their return home, most team participants were excluded from the reactionary German Gymnastics Association as they were “involved in a sporting event dedicated to internationalism.” The winning teams were banned from national competitions in Berlin.

Hermann Weingärtner was a merchant, and later took over management of a swimming pool in Frankfurt am Oder, which had been established by his father. Hermann died in the Oder attempting to save a drowning person. In 1937, his son Erich tried to sell one of his father’s gold medals from 1896 to Joseph Goebbels. This medal was originally a silver winner medal, but Goebbels would only buy a real gold medal that his father had won in 1895 as winner at the Italian Federal Gymnastics Festival. Later Erich was accompanied by the Bild newspaper to present the 1896 medal to Japanese gymnast Yukio Endo who gave Erich Weingärtner a cultured pearl in return.


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1896 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) Horse Vault, Men Olympic 3 Bronze Representing Germany    
  Parallel Bars, Men Olympic AC
  Parallel Bars, Teams, Men Olympic Germany 1 Gold
  Horizontal Bar, Men Olympic 1 Gold
  Horizontal Bar, Teams, Men Olympic Germany 1 Gold
  Rings, Men Olympic 2 Silver
  Pommelled Horse, Men Olympic 2 Silver
Athletics Long Jump, Men Olympic DNS
  Shot Put, Men Olympic DNS