Jochen Balke

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJoachim Ludwig "Jochen"•Balke
Used nameJochen•Balke
Born12 September 1917 in Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen (GER)
Died19 January 1944 in near Veliky Novgorod, Novgorod (RUS)
AffiliationsSV Westfalen, Dortmund (GER)
NOC Germany


German swimmer Jochen Balke was sixth in the 200m breaststroke at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Two years later he became European Champion. Nationally, he won the German 200m breaststroke title in 1936, 1938, 1940 and 1941. He also set a new world record of 1:09.5 min in the 100m breaststroke in 1938, although the event was not officially contested at that time.

According to unconfirmed reports, Balke was sent to a punishment battalion in 1943 for combat fatigue, and was reported as missing in action in Veliky Novgorod, Russia, from January 1944. He was officially declared dead on 17 September 1957.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1936 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) GER Jochen Balke
200 metres Breaststroke, Men (Olympic) 6

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