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Heinrich Ludwig Fütterer (14 October 1931 – 10 February 2019[1]) was a German athlete, who mainly competed in sprint events.

Heinz Fütterer
Medal record
Men’s Athletics
Olympic Games
Representing  Germany
Bronze medal – third place 1956 Melbourne 4x100 metre relay
European Championships
Representing  West Germany
Gold medal – first place 1954 Bern 100 metres
Gold medal – first place 1954 Bern 200 metres

Early lifeEdit

He was born in Illingen.[citation needed]

 
Fütterer in 1956

Fütterer competed for the United Team of Germany in the 1956 Summer Olympics held in Melbourne, Australia, where he won the bronze medal in the 4 × 100 metre relay with his teammates Lothar Knörzer, Leonhard Pohl and Manfred Germar but didn't reach the 100 m final.

In 1954 he won two gold medals at the European Championships in Bern, Switzerland, in 1958 he won the relay with Germany.

His nickname was "weißer Blitz" ("white lightning") [2].

His best time in the 100 meters was 10.2 seconds, equalling the world record held by Jesse Owens and a number of other sprinters. He ran the race in Japan (1954). His best in the 200 meters was 20.8 seconds. He was part of the German world record 4 × 100 m relay of 1958.

Fütterer died in Illingen on February 10, 2019 at the age of 87.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ""Der weiße Blitz" ist tot: Heinz Fütterer mit 87 gestorben". Stern.de. 10 February 2019. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  2. ^ ""Der weiße Blitz" ist tot: Heinz Fütterer mit 87 gestorben". Stern.de. 10 February 2019. Retrieved 11 February 2019.

Further readingEdit

  • Alfons Bitterwolf, Gustav Bitterwolf: Heinz Fütterer, der weiße Blitz. Biografie. Bitterwolf, Illingen/Rastatt 1955, ASIN B0000BGL0Q
  • Michael Dittrich, Daniel Merkel: Der "Weiße Blitz" – Das Leben des Heinz Fütterer. Verlag Die Werkstatt, Göttingen 2006, ISBN 3-89533-547-9


Awards
Preceded by
  Werner Haas
German Sportsman of the Year
1954
Succeeded by
  Hans Günter Winkler


Records
Preceded by
  McDonald Bailey
European Record Holder Men's 100m
31 October 1954 – 30 July 1957
Succeeded by
  Manfred Germar
Preceded by
  McDonald Bailey
European Record Holder Men's 200m
29 August 1954 – 14 September 1957
Succeeded by
  Manfred Germar