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Rudolf Ismayr

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameRudolf•Ismayr
Used nameRudolf•Ismayr
Born14 October 1908 in Landshut, Bayern (GER)
Died9 May 1998 in Marquartstein, Bayern (GER)
Measurements74 kg
AffiliationsSC Roland München, München (GER)
NOC(s) Germany

Biography

As a teenager Rudolf Ismayr competed in swimming, athletics and gymnastics. He became interested in weightlifting by reading “Winnetou,” a series of books about a fictional Native American chief by German writer Karl May. He was one of the first athletes who was able to earn money with product endorsements. In 1937 he joined the Nazi-Party NSDAP, while from 1940 to 1945 he fought in World War II and was not released from British captivity until 1946. In addition to his two Olympic medals, Ismayr placed second at the 1938 World Championships as a middleweight. He set 11 middleweight world records from 1931-35 – three in the press, two in the snatch, one in the clean & jerk, and five in the total. He also won three European championships and at the Berlin Olympics spoke the Olympic Oath on behalf of the athletes. In Germany, he won seven national titles and took part in the national championships for 22 years (1930-52). In 1938, he competed for Germany in four international meetings against the United States. His last international medal win was the silver medal at the 1938 World Championships.

After the World War II, Ismayr made headlines as a pacifist, a party official of the German Peace Union DFU, and a categorical opponent of the re-introduction of compulsory military service. He was therefore denied any promotion in the Bavarian civil service as an administrative lawyer. Ismayr was actually one of the very few German 1936 Olympic athletes who actively distanced themselves from the Nazis after the war. In 1980 he was guest of honor at the German Weightlifting Championships and argued vehemently against the boycott of the 1980 Moskva Olympic Games. When he died in 1998, Ismayr was the oldest living German Olympic champion.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1932 Summer Olympics Weightlifting Middleweight, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing Germany    
1936 Summer Olympics Weightlifting Middleweight, Men Olympic 2 Silver Representing Germany    

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1932 Summer Olympics 31 July 1932 Weightlifting Middleweight, Men (≤75 kg, Triathlon) Final Standings 345.0 1
1932 Summer Olympics 31 July 1932 Weightlifting Middleweight, Men (≤75 kg, Snatch) Snatch, Lift #2 110.0 AC
1936 Summer Olympics 5 August 1936 Weightlifting Middleweight, Men (≤75 kg, Triathlon) Final Standings 345.0 2
1936 Summer Olympics 5 August 1936 Weightlifting Middleweight, Men (≤75 kg, Triathlon) Final Standings 350.0 2
1936 Summer Olympics 5 August 1936 Weightlifting Middleweight, Men (≤75 kg, Military Press) Military Press, Lift #2 107.5 AC
1936 Summer Olympics 5 August 1936 Weightlifting Middleweight, Men (≤75 kg, Clean & Jerk) Clean & Jerk, Lift #2 140.0 AC
1936 Summer Olympics 5 August 1936 Weightlifting Middleweight, Men (≤75 kg, Clean & Jerk) Clean & Jerk, Lift #3 142.5 AC

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