Erwin von Sigel

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, Non-starter
Full nameErwin Fritz Karl August•von Sigel
Used nameErwin•von Sigel
Born14 August 1884 in Bydgoszcz, Kujawsko-Pomorskie (POL)
Died2 January 1967 in South Haven, Michigan (USA)
AffiliationsSportclub Preußen Berlin
NOC Germany


Middle- and long-distance runner Erwin von Sigel was considered for the 1908 London Olympics but could not travel there for unknown reasons. He then reached the final of the 1,500 at the 1912 Stockholm Olympic Games, and was also eliminated in the first round of the 3K team race. In his youth von Sigel was a hockey (field) player and outdoor gymnast, before he changed to athletics in 1905. In 1907, 1909 and 1912 he was German Champion in the 1,500. In 1912, he was the first German to better nine minutes (8:59.6) for 3,000 metres. After World War II he emigrated to the United States, where he died in 1967. By profession he was a businessman.

Personal Bests: 1500 – 4:05.3 (1912); 3000 – 8:59.6 (1912).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1908 Summer Olympics Athletics GER Erwin von Sigel
800 metres, Men (Olympic) DNS
1912 Summer Olympics Athletics GER Erwin von Sigel
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) AC
3,000 metres, Team, Men (Olympic) Germany 2 h2 r1/2