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Walter Bathe

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameWalter•Bathe
Used nameWalter•Bathe
Born1 December 1892 in Proboszczów, Dolnośląskie (POL)
Died21 September 1959 in Casenico (ITA)
AffiliationsASV Breslau
NOC(s) Germany

Biography

Swimmer Walter Bathe won two gold medals in the 200 and 400 breaststroke at the 1912 Olympics. He set two world records in 1910 in the 100 breaststroke with 1:18.4 and 1:17.8. In 1911, 1912, 1916 and 1917 he was German Champion in the 100 breast. Bathe won over 600 swim trophies in his long career but the two gold medals he received from the King of Sweden were the only awards which survived World War II because he carried them on his person.

After World War II Bathe lived in Augsburg, and by profession was a pharmacist. He died from a stroke while swimming in the Mediterranean Sea during a holiday. In 1970 Bathe was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1912 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) 200 metres Breaststroke, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing Germany    
  400 metres Breaststroke, Men Olympic 1 Gold

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1912 Summer Olympics 7 July 1912 Swimming (Aquatics) 200 metres Breaststroke, Men Round One, Heat Four 3:03.4 1
1912 Summer Olympics 8 July 1912 Swimming (Aquatics) 400 metres Breaststroke, Men Round One, Heat Five 6:34.6 1
1912 Summer Olympics 9 July 1912 Swimming (Aquatics) 200 metres Breaststroke, Men Semi-Finals, Heat Two 3:02.2 1
1912 Summer Olympics 10 July 1912 Swimming (Aquatics) 200 metres Breaststroke, Men Final 3:01.8 1
1912 Summer Olympics 11 July 1912 Swimming (Aquatics) 400 metres Breaststroke, Men Semi-Finals, Heat One 6:32.0 1
1912 Summer Olympics 12 July 1912 Swimming (Aquatics) 400 metres Breaststroke, Men Final 6:29.6 1

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