Adolphe Klingelhoefer

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, Competed in Olympic Games (non-medal events), Non-starter
Full nameAdolphe Christiano•Klingelhoefer
Used nameAdolphe•Klingelhoefer
Born2 May 1880 in Paris XVIe, Paris (FRA)
Died19 December 1956 in Courbevoie, Hauts-de-Seine (FRA)
AffiliationsRacing CF, Paris (FRA)
NOC France
Nationality Brazil


The son of a Brazilian parents who set up in France because of the coffee trade, Adolphe Klingelhoefer was born and raised in Paris. He won six French national hurdles titles between 1899 and 1904 (4 at 110 m hurdles and 2 at 400 m hurdles), set two French records in 110 m hurdles (1903 in 16.8 and 1904 in 16.6), and set some of the world’s fastest times for the 400 m hurdles during 1901 and 1902.

He competed in three events at the Paris Olympics but failed to reach a final, although he did finish third in the final of the (unofficial) 110 m hurdles handicap race. Klingelhoefer was also a fine rugby player and won a French championship title with Racing Club de France in 1902.

He made his career in the financial world and was at one time a high-ranking official of the Brazilian Chamber of Commerce. Klingelhoefer was later awarded the Legion d’Honneur by the French government. Although he was formerly often listed as French, research by the French athletics historian Alain Bouillé has revealed that he was a Brazilian national at the time of the 1900 Games and maintained this citizenship until at least the 1940s. Klingelhoefer competed for a French Club, however, Racing Club de Paris, at the 1900 Olympics.

Personal Bests: 60 – unknown; 200 – unknown; 110H – 16.6 (1904).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1900 Summer Olympics Athletics FRA BRA Adolphe Klingelhoefer
60 metres, Men (Olympic) AC h1 r1/2
200 metres, Men (Olympic) 3 h1 r1/2
110 metres Hurdles, Men (Olympic) AC h2 r1/3
100 metres, Handicap, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) 3 h5 r1/3
110 metres Hurdles, Handicap, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) 3
1906 Intercalated Games Athletics FRA Adolphe Klingelhoefer
100 metres, Men (Intercalated) DNS
110 metres Hurdles, Men (Intercalated) DNS
Long Jump, Men (Intercalated) DNS
Standing Long Jump, Men (Intercalated) DNS