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Germany at the 1956 Summer Olympics

Germany at the Olympic Games

Flag of Germany
IOC code  EUA
NOC German Olympic Sports Confederation
Website (German) (English) (French)
At the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne/Stockholm
Competitors 158 in 15 sports
Flag bearer Karl-Friedrich Haas (Melbourne)
Fritz Thiedemann (Stockholm)
Rank: 7
Olympic history (summary)
Summer Games
Winter Games
Intercalated Games
Other related appearances
Unified Team of Germany (1956–1964)
West Germany (1968–1988)
East Germany (1968–1988)
Saar (1952)

Germany was represented at the 1956 Summer Olympics by a Unified Team of Germany of athletes from the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) (West Germany) and, for the first time at Summer Games, also from the German Democratic Republic (GDR) (East Germany) which had not joined in 1952. Also, the Saarland athletes who had to enter as a separate team in 1952 could now join in even though the accession of their state was not yet in effect. Thus, this was the only Olympic team ever to comprise athletes from three German states.

Most of the Games were held in Melbourne, Australia, but due to Australian quarantine regulations the equestrian events were held five months earlier in Stockholm, Sweden. 158 competitors, 134 men and 24 women, took part in 95 events in 15 sports.[1]


  • Events 1
  • Medalists 2
    • Gold 2.1
    • Silver 2.2
    • Bronze 2.3
  • Athletics 3
  • Boxing 4
  • Canoeing 5
  • Cycling 6
  • Fencing 7
  • Football 8
  • Gymnastics 9
  • Hockey 10
  • Rowing 11
  • Sailing 12
  • Shooting 13
  • Swimming 14
  • Water polo 15
  • Weightlifting 16
  • Wrestling 17
  • References 18
  • External links 19


The greatest German heroes of the Games were the miracle horse Halla, carrying injured rider Hans Günter Winkler to two Gold medals, and one more in 1960 for an all-time record.

Heinz Fütterer, who had tied the 100m world record and set some European records, had been a favorite for medals, but was injured before the games in an event held in the GDR.

Compared to 1952, where no Gold had been won, the Germans improved significantly, but still won more than twice as many Silver than Gold, being ranked joint 4th in Total medals.






Men's 110m Hurdles

  • Heat — 14.2s
  • Semifinals — 14.4s
  • Final — 14.5s (→ 4th place)
  • Heat — 14.3s
  • Semifinals — 14.5s (→ did not advance)

Men's Marathon




Team pursuit
Team road race
Individual road race


One fencer represented Germany in 1956.

Men's foil
Men's épée
Men's sabre







Two shooters represented Germany in 1956.

50 m rifle, three positions
50 m rifle, prone


Water polo




  1. ^ "Germany at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games". Retrieved 2010-10-16. 

External links

  • Official Olympic Reports
  • International Olympic Committee results database
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