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Emil Rausch

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Medals OG IG
Gold 2 0
Silver 0 1
Bronze 1 0
Total 3 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, Competed in Intercalated Games
Full nameEmil A.•Rausch
Used nameEmil•Rausch
Born11 September 1882 in Berlin, Berlin (GER)
Died14 December 1954 in Berlin, Berlin (GER)
AffiliationsSC Poseidon, Berlin (GER)
NOC Germany


Emil Rausch, a swimmer from Berlin, won the first German swimming gold medal in the 1904 880 yard freestyle with a time of 13:11.4. He added another gold in the one mile freestyle in 27:18.2, and a bronze in the 220 yard freestyle. Two years later in Athina Rausch finished fifth in the one mile freestyle and earned a silver medal in the 4x250 metres freestyle relay.

From 1901-07 Rausch was German Champion in the 1,500 metres freestyle, and in 1903 and 1905 also in the 100 free. In 1968 he was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Rausch was one of the great German swimmers of all-time and internationally known over a period of more than 10 years. He swam for the Schwimmclub Poseidon-Berlin and started for his club in competitions in Germany, England, Greece, Italy, Austria, Hungary and the USA.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1904 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) GER Emil Rausch
100 yards Freestyle, Men (Olympic) DNS
220 yards Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
440 yards Freestyle, Men (Olympic) DNS
880 yards Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
1 mile Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
4 × 50 yards Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) Germany DNS
1906 Intercalated Games Swimming (Aquatics) GER Emil Rausch
400 metres Freestyle, Men (Intercalated) DNS
1 mile Freestyle, Men (Intercalated) 5
4 × 250 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Intercalated) Germany 2 Silver