Ernst Hoppenberg

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Ernst Hoppenberg - private archive - around 1900 at the time of the Olympic victory

Ernst Hoppenberg (born July 26, 1878 in Bremen , † September 29, 1937 Kirn ) was a successful German swimmer .

Ernst Hoppenberg was twice German champion for his club Bremer Schwimm-Club from 1885 , over 100 m back at the German championships in 1898 and over 100 m freestyle at the German championships in 1899 .

At the Olympic Games in Paris in 1900 , he came in first over 200 m back in 2: 47.0 minutes. He also took first place in the 200 m team swim with Max Hainle , Max Schöne , Julius Frey and Herbert von Petersdorff . In water polo, however, he failed with the German team in the quarter-finals against France. The reason for the successful swimming was that his father Georg Hoppenberg owned the Bremer Breitenwegbad, which was destroyed in the Second World War.

Ernst Hoppenberg died in 1937 as a result of a car accident. In 1988 he was inducted into the international swimming pool 's hall of fame .

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