Emil Breitkreutz

Emil William Breitkreutz (November 16, 1883 – May 3, 1972) was an American middle distance runner who won a bronze medal in the Olympic 800 meters final in the 1904 Summer Olympics in St. Louis, Missouri. The race was won by James Lightbody.[1]

Emil Breitkreutz
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Medal record
Men’s athletics
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1904 St Louis 800 metres

Breitkreutz attended the University of Southern California (USC), where he became the first USC athlete to compete in the Olympics. He graduated in 1906.[2]

Breitkreutz was also the first head basketball coach at USC.


  1. ^ "Emil Breitkreutz". Olympedia. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  2. ^ History: The Era of the Founders (1880–1921) Archived August 13, 2006, at the Wayback Machine, University of Southern California, Accessed August 27, 2008.

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