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Richard Corts

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameRichard•Corts
Used nameRichard•Corts
Born16 July 1905 in Remscheid, Nordrhein-Westfalen (GER)
Died7 August 1974 in Remscheid, Nordrhein-Westfalen (GER)
Measurements177 cm / 68 kg
AffiliationsDeutscher Sportclub Berlin
NOC Germany


Although a talented athlete, Richard Corts retired from competition in 1930, and undertook professional training in Helsinki for two years, where he prepared himself to take over his father’s knife factory, Josua Corts in Remscheid.

Richard Corts was German Champion over 100 m in 1925 and 1928 and also won the British AAA Championships over 100 yards in 1926. He set a European record for 100 metres in 1925 (10.5) and equaled the world record in in the 100 in 1928 (10.4), also running on world record setting 4×100 m relay teams in 1928 (40.8) and in 1925 in the 5×100 m relay (53.5). In Amsterdam 1928 he was eliminated in the semifinals over 100 metres, but won the silver medal with the sprint relay together with Georg Lammers, Hubert Houben and Helmut Körnig. Corts committed suicide at the age of 69.

Personal Best: 100 – 10.4 (1928).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Summer Olympics Athletics GER Richard Corts
100 metres, Men (Olympic) 5 h2 r3/4
4 × 100 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) Germany 2 Silver

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