Germany was represented at the 1956 Summer Olympics by a United 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.
|United Team of Germany at the|
1956 Summer Olympics
|NOC||United Team of Germany|
|Competitors||158 in 15 sports|
|Flag bearers||Karl-Friedrich Haas (Melbourne)|
Fritz Thiedemann (Stockholm)
|Summer Olympics appearances (overview)|
|Other related appearances|
| Germany (1896–1936, 1952, 1992–)|
East Germany (1968–1988)
West Germany (1968–1988)
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.
The horse Halla carried 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, was 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.
Nationality in brackets.
- Wolfgang Behrendt (East Germany) — Boxing, Men's Bantamweight
- Michael Scheuer and Meinrad Miltenberger (both from West Germany) — Canoeing, Men's K2 1.000m Kayak Pairs
- Hans-Günter Winkler (West Germany) — Equestrian, Jumping Individual
- Hans-Günter Winkler, Fritz Thiedemann, and Alfons Lütke-Westhues (all from West Germany) — Equestrian, Jumping Team
- Helmut Bantz (West Germany) — Gymnastics, Men's Long Horse Vault
- Ursula Happe (West Germany) — Swimming, Women's 200m Breaststroke
- Karl-Friedrich Haas (West Germany) — Athletics, Men's 400 metres
- Klaus Richtzenhain (East Germany) — Athletics, Men's 1.500 metres
- Christa Stubnick (East Germany) — Athletics, Women's 100 metres
- Christa Stubnick (East Germany) — Athletics, Women's 200 metres
- Gisela Köhler (East Germany) — Athletics, Women's 80m Hurdles
- Harry Kurschat (West Germany) — Boxing, Men's Lightweight
- Fritz Briel and Theo Kleine (both from West Germany) — Canoeing, Men's K2 10.000m Kayak Pairs
- Therese Zenz (West Germany) — Canoeing, Women's K1 500m Kayak Singles
- August Lütke-Westhues (West Germany) — Equestrian, Three-Day Event Individual
- August Lütke-Westhues, Otto Rothe, and Klaus Wagner (all from West Germany) — Equestrian, Three-Day Event Team
- Liselott Linsenhoff, Anneliese Küppers, and Hannelore Weygand (all from West Germany) — Equestrian, Dressage Team
- Karl-Heinrich von Groddeck, Horst Arndt, and Rainer Borkowsky (all from West Germany) — Rowing, Men's Coxed Pairs
- Wilfried Dietrich (West Germany) — Wrestling, Men's Greco-Roman Heavyweight
- Heinz Fütterer, Leonhard Pohl, Lothar Knörzer, and Manfred Germar (all from West Germany) — Athletics, Men's 4 × 100 m Relay
- Marianne Werner (West Germany) — Athletics, Women's Shot Put
- Michael Scheuer (West Germany) — Canoeing, Men's K1 10.000m Kayak Singles
- Reinhold Pommer (West Germany), Horst Tüller (East Germany) and Gustav-Adolf Schur (East Germany) — Cycling, Men's Team Road Race
- Liselott Linsenhoff (West Germany) — Equestrian, Dressage Individual
- Günther Brennecke Hugo Budinger, Werner Delmes, Hugo Dollheiser, Eberhard Ferstl, Alfred Lücker, Helmut Nonn, Wolfgang Nonn, Heinz Radzikowski, Werner Rosenbaum, and Günther Ullerich (all from West Germany) — Field Hockey, Men's Team Competition
- Eva-Maria ten Elsen (East Germany) — Swimming, Women's 200m Breaststroke
Men's 110m Hurdles
- Heat — 14.2s
- Semifinals — 14.4s
- Final — 14.5s (→ 4th place)
- Heat — 14.3s
- Semifinals — 14.5s (→ did not advance)
- Lothar Beckert — 2:42:10 (→ 19th place)
- Kurt Hartung — 2:52:14 (→ 28th place)
- Klaus Portadnik — did not finish (→ no ranking)
- Friedrich Neuser
Günther Ziegler — 10th place
- Horst Tüller
Reinhold Pommer — 27 points (→ Bronze Medal)
- Horst Tüller — 5:23:16 (→ 4th place)
- Gustav-Adolf Schur — 5:23:16 (→ 5th place)
- Reinhold Pommer — 5:24:38 (→ 18th place)
- Erich Hagen — 5:26:38 (→ 22nd place)
One fencer represented Germany in 1956.
The United Team of Germany had 12 male rowers participate in five of the seven rowing events in 1956.
- Men's double sculls – 4th place
- Men's coxed pair – 2nd place ( silver medal)
Two shooters represented Germany in 1956.
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