Gymnastics medal the first since 1936

Marcel Nguyen collected the first all-round gymnastics medal for Germany since 1936 when he took silver on Wednesday evening. Two bronze medals followed in judo and table tennis on Thursday.

Gymnastics medal the first since 1936
Photo: DPA

“I was standing up there and there were so many people in the gall. You really think about it. Am I really second? That is a damned cool feeling,” the 24-year-old said afterwards, Die Welt reported.

“I will have to check first thing in the morning whether the medal is really there,” he said.

Another German competitor having difficulty believing his own success was Dimitrij Ovtcharov, who won bronze in table tennis, doing the job that favourite Timo Boll had failed to manage.

“I really can’t believe it,” he said after beating Chuang Chic-Yuan from Taiwan, the Hamburger Morgenpost newspaper reported.

Judoka Dimitri Peters secured another bronze for Germany, beating Ramziddin Sayidov from Uzbekistan on Thursday afternoon.

German swimmer Markus Deibler reached the final of the 200 metre individual medley despite having come ninth on Wednesday. The refusal of South African Chad le Close to swim in the final, announced on Thursday, meant that Deibler is through and has a chance at a medal.

Tennis player Angelique Kerber did not have such luck, losing on Thursday in the quarter final against world number one ranked Belarus player Victoria Asarenka. The last German hope for a tennis medal lies with the mixed double pair Sabine Lisicki and Christopher Kas who were due to play later on Thursday.

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Germany’s Interior Minister rules out ‘unthinkable’ bid to host 2036 Olympics

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has ruled out a bid to host the 2036 Olympics, saying in an interview that it would be "unthinkable" on the 100th anniversary of the Nazi-era 1936 Games in Berlin.

Germany's Interior Minister rules out 'unthinkable' bid to host 2036 Olympics
Interior Minister Horst Seehofer. Photo: DPA

Held three years before the outbreak of the Second World War, the 1936 games are widely remembered as a propaganda coup for Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime.

In March this year, Berlin's state minister of the interior Andreas Geisel faced heavy criticism after he appeared to suggest Berlin should bid for the 2036 Olympics in an interview with Tagesspiegel newspaper.

However, the 69-year-old Seehofer, whose ministry also holds the sports portfolio, said Germany could not be seen to celebrate the centenary of the Nazi-era Berlin Olympics.

“It would be unthinkable. If we did that, we would bring on an unspeakable international discussion and harm the Olympic idea,” he told Frankfurt-based newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) in an interview published on Monday.

“How would people see it across the world? Germany celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the Nazi Olympics? That cannot happen.”

Aside from concerns over associations with the Nazi regime, there is scant public support for hosting the Olympics in Germany.

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Public referendums, in 2015 and 2013, rejected proposed Olympic bids to host the summer games in Hamburg and a winter edition in Munich respectively.

Seehofer said that he was generally in favour of a German Olympic bid, but voiced concern that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) had become too focused on commercial success.

“In the eyes of the public, the IOC has wandered too far from its original idea and into commercialism,” he told the FAZ.

He called on the IOC to “de-commercialise” and said he had “a lot of sympathy” for the German Athletes' Commission, which last year demanded that the IOC share a quarter of its profits with Olympic participants.

By Kit Holden