Cologne native Olympian Werner Delmes passes away

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thedragflick.com/ Credits : Germany Hockey Association

Dragflick Newdesk : At the age of 91, Werner Delmes passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 13 in Cologne. Born in Cologne, he was one of the very few hockey players in the world who were able to win Olympic medals both as a player and as a coach.

And Werner Delmes didn’t just get any medals. In 1956 in Melbourne he won bronze with the DHB team – the first medal for German hockey after the Second World War.

In 1969, the then sports director of the DHB took over the men’s national coaching position from Dr. Hugo Budinger and made history three years later in Munich as the “goldsmith” of the first Olympic victory that hockey celebrated in Germany.

With Rot-Weiss Köln, Werner Delmes played at the top of the German squad for almost 20 years from 1941, although he was denied national titles.

“With Werner Delmes, one of the greats of our sport has left,” said DHB President Carola Morgenstern-Meyer.

“Even as an active golfer in old age, he never completely lost touch with hockey. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”

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