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Karl Bechler

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameKarl Felix John•Bechler
Used nameKarl•Bechler
Born15 February 1886 in Gdańsk, Pomorskie (POL)
Died29 March 1945 in Gdańsk, Pomorskie (POL)
AffiliationsAkademischer Sportclub, Kaliningrad (RUS)
NOC Germany


Karl Bechler, a doctor of philosophy, was a secondary and senior teacher at the Royal Catholic Gymnasium in Konitz / Prussia. From October 1926 until March 1945 he was Director of the Middle School at the Royal Catholic Gymnasium. He studied German and foreign languages in Greifswald, Berlin and Königsberg. Bechler was twice wounded in World War I and was awarded the “Eiserne Kreuz” (Iron Cross). He set his only world record in 1908 in the indoor 60 metres, recording 7.2 seconds. In London 1908 he was eliminated in the heats of the 100 metres and also competed in the javelin throw. Bechler had varied interests, as he was known as a good draftsman, and published both theatre and literary reviews. He died from shrapnel wounds in the last days of World War II in the cellar of his house in Gdańsk.

Personal Bests: 100 – 11.1 (1913); JT – 49.90 (1913).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1908 Summer Olympics Athletics GER Karl Bechler
100 metres, Men (Olympic) 2 h17 r1/3
200 metres, Men (Olympic) DNS
Long Jump, Men (Olympic) DNS
Javelin Throw, Men (Olympic) AC

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