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Karl Schelenz
German athletics competitor

Karl Schelenz

Karl Schelenz
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Intro German athletics competitor
A.K.A. Karl Schelenz
Was Athlete
From Germany
Field Sports
Gender male
Birth 6 February 1890, Berlin, Germany
Death 7 February 1956, Berlin, Germany (aged 66 years)
Star sign Aquarius
The details (from wikipedia)


Karl Schelenz (or Carl Schelenz, born February 6, 1890 in Berlin; died February 7, 1956) was a German sport teacher. He is famous as the "father" of modern handball.


Schelenz worked as a sport teacher in Berlin and in Flensburg. As an author, he wrote books on the modern sport of handball and in 1920 created the modern rules of that game. In 1916 and in 1917, he was the German champion in long jump. He was third in the German championship in high jump. Schelenz was a member of the German sport team Berliner Turner-Verein von 1850 e. V. in Berlin.

Best marks

  • High jump: 1.80 m, on 27 June 1920 in Stettin and on 3 July 1921 in Berlin
  • Long jump: 7.23 m, on 24 July 1921 in Berlin
  • Triple jump: 14.07 m, on 28 July 1921 in Hamburg
  • Discus throw: 39.22 m, on 29 May 1921 in Cologne

Works by Schelenz

  • Das Handballspiel: Bearb. f. Theorie u. Praxis 1922 Deutsche Sportbehörde für Leichtathletik, Munich (as Carl Schelenz)
  • Deutschlands Olympiakämpfer 1928 in Wort u. Bild 1928 W. Limpert, Dresden (as Carl Schelenz) together with Karl Scharping
  • Lehrbuch des Handballspiels: Technik ; Taktik 1943 Limpert, Berlin (as Karl Schelenz)
  • Handball: Training und Leistung 1949 Antäus-Verlag, Lübeck (as Karl Schelenz)
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