Erland Herkenrath

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameErland Franz•Herkenrath
Used nameErland•Herkenrath
Born24 September 1912 in Zürich (SUI)
Died17 July 2003 in Weggis (SUI)
Measurements184 cm / 72 kg
AffiliationsGrasshopper Club, Zürich (SUI)
NOC Switzerland


Erland Herkenrath’s family moved to Zürich in 1910. His father came from Köln and mother from Norrköping, Sweden. Herkenrath studied in ETH Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) and was a founding member of the handball section of Grasshopper Club Zürich, where he played his entire career until 1956, when he quit his sporting career. In addition to his Olympic bronze medal, Herkenrath won a second place at the 1938 World Championships in field handball and was a six-time Swiss champion with his club. After his sporting career Herkenrath took over his father’s firm, which produced electrotechnical apparatuses for Swiss companies like BBC (nowadays ABB) and Bührle (nowadays OC Oerlikon) and was professionally active until mid-1980s. After his retirement he moved to Weggis near Lake Lucerne, where he died.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1936 Summer Olympics Handball SUI Erland Herkenrath
Handball, Men (Olympic) Switzerland 3 Bronze