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Carl Ludwig "Lu(t)z" Long (27 April 1913[1] in Leipzig – 14 July 1943 in Biscari - Santo Pietro) was a German Olympic long-jumper, notable for winning Silver in the event at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin and for reputedly giving advice to his competitor, Jesse Owens, who went on to win the gold medal for the broad jump (as the long jump was then termed) as a result of Long's advice.[2] Luz Long won the German Long Jump Championship 6 times in 1933,1934,1936,1937,1938 and 1939. Long was killed in action serving in the German army during World War II. For his actions in the spirit of sportsmanship, he was posthumously awarded the Pierre de Coubertin medal.

Early lifeEdit

Long studied law at the University of Leipzig, where in 1936 he joined the Leipziger Sport Club.[3][4][5] After graduating, he practiced as a lawyer in Hamburg, while continuing his interest in sport.[6]

1936 Olympic GamesEdit

The 21 year old, 1.84m tall blond Long had finished third in the 1934 European Championships in Athletics with 7.25m. By the summer of 1936, Long held the European record in the long jump and was eager to compete for the first time against Jesse Owens, the American world-record holder. The long jump on August 4 was Long's first event against Owens, and Long met his expectations by setting an Olympic record during the preliminary round. In contrast, Owens fouled on his first two jumps. Knowing that he needed to reach at least 7.15m (about 23 feet 3 inches) on his third jump in order to advance to the finals in the afternoon, Owens sat on the field, dejected.

Speaking to Long's son, Owens said in 1964 that Long went to him and told him to try and jump from a spot several inches behind the take-off board. Since Owens routinely made distances far greater than the minimum of 7.15m required to advance, Long surmised that Owens would be able to advance safely to the next round without risking a foul trying to push for a greater distance. On his third qualifying jump, Owens was calm and jumped with at least four inches (10 centimeters) to spare, easily qualifying for the finals. In the finals competition later that day, the jumpers exceeded the old Olympic record five times.[7] Owens went on to win the gold medal in the long jump with 8.06m while besting Long's own record of 7.87m. Long won the silver medal for second place and was the first to congratulate Owens: they posed together for photos and walked arm-in-arm to the dressing room. Owens said, "It took a lot of courage for him to befriend me in front of Hitler... You can melt down all the medals and cups I have and they wouldn't be a plating on the twenty-four karat friendship that I felt for Luz Long at that moment".[2] Long's competition with Owens is recorded in Leni Riefenstahl's documentary Olympia - Fest der Völker.[8]

Two days later, Long finished 10th in the triple jump. He went on to finish third in the 1938 European Championships in Athletics long jump with 7.56m.

World War IIEdit

Long served in the German army during World War II, having the rank of Obergefreiter. During the Allied invasion of Sicily, Long was killed in action on 14 July 1943.[9] He was buried in the war cemetery of Motta Sant'Anastasia,[10] in Sicily.


Roads near sports facilities in his home town Leipzig,[11] and in the Munich Olympia Park[4] of 1972 are named after him. His medal, photos, and documents were donated[12] to the Sportmuseum Leipzig.[13]


  1. "Luz Long Bio, Stats, and Results | Olympics at". Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Schwartz, Larry (2007). " Owens pierced a myth". Retrieved 2008-08-14. 
  3. Leipzig Tourist service
  4. 4.0 4.1 Luz-Long-Ufer - Dr. Luz Long (1913-1944). Mehrmaliger Deutscher Meister und Europarekordinhber bei den Olympischen Spielen 1936 in Berlin. Im zweiten Weltkrieg in Italien gefallen.
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  6. 27. April 1913: Geburtstag Carl Ludwig "Luz" Long - Für den Leipziger Sportclub holte er in den Zwanziger- und Dreißigerjahren alle wichtigen Leichtathletiktitel. In Leipzig ist heute eine Straße nach ihm benannt. Als deutsche Hoffnung ging Carl Ludwig - genannt Luz - Long 1936 bei den Olympischen Spielen in Berlin an den Start. Hitler setzte auf den großen, blonden, blauäugigen Weitspringer. Und wirklich: Luz Long sprang Europarekord und holte die Silbermedaille - hinter Jesse Owens. Der schwarze US-Amerikaner gewann vier Goldmedaillen. Die beiden Sportler freundeten sich an, sehr zum Missfallen des NS-Regimes. Nach den Spielen wurde Luz Long Jurist und ließ sich in Hamburg nieder. Später wurde er eingezogen und fiel im Juli 1943 - mit nur 30 Jahren - auf Sizilien. - by Ariane Hoffmann, at
  7. Mandell, Richard D. The Nazi Olympics. (1987 reprint of 1972 original) page 166-167.
  8. Luz Long
  9. A. Augello, "Uccidi Gli Italiani", Milano, Mursia, p.174
  10. Scritto da Administrator. "Lutz Long". Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  11. Long, Carl-Ludwig (1913-1943), Jurist und Sportler (Weitspringen), seit 2001 Luz-Long-Weg [2]
  12. Konvolut Urkunden, Fotografien, Zeitungsausschnitte, von Carl-Ludwig (Luz) Long, LSC, Leichtathletik, Silbermedaillengewinner Weitsprung Olympische Spiele Berlin 1936, (übergeben von Kai-H. Long) [3]
  13. "Sportmuseum". Retrieved 2013-03-26. 

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