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In July of 1928, Luz Long of Leipzig, Germany, joined the esteemed Leipziger Sport Club (LSC) at the age of 15. The club, founded in 1901, was well-respected across Germany for developing world-class athletes in various sports. It was at LSC that Luz was introduced to his beloved “sport teacher” George Richter, who coached Luz all the way through the 1936 Olympics and beyond. In 1930 as a member of LSC, Long began competing in athletics competitions organized by the Verband Mitteldeutscher Ballspiel-Vereine (VMBV) or Central German Association of Ball-Clubs. (VMBV was the regional governing body for organized football/soccer, track & field, and other sports from 1900 through 1933). These track and field meets took place in major cities across Germany at the highest level of competition from each region. Under Richter's strict tutelage, the young German was initially groomed as a decathlete, training in short distance running events and just about every field discipline -- javelin, pole vault, discus, shot put, hammer throw, and all three jumps (high, long and triple).

At the 1932 Central German Association (VMBV) Athletics Championship held in Halle, Germany, on June 19, 1932, 19-year-old Luz Long took third in the long jump with a mark of 7.06 meters (23’ 2”) and was awarded this medal. It was his first time clearing seven meters and became a turning point in Long’s athletic career as he would start to concentrate more on long jump going forward. According to records kept by the Long family, Luz also competed in the high jump and cleared 1.805 meters to place fifth. Here are the medal details.

Obverse:  “EHREN – PLAKETTE” with VMBV emblem in between; “1932” at center; “III. Pr. Weitspr. 19. VI.” below. (Weitsprung is the German word for long jump. Ehrenplakette means plaque of honor.)

Reverse:  Blank except for “7.06” manually inscribed [presumably] by Luz Long to denote his long jump mark.

Composition:  Bronze or high-purity bronze alloy

Dimensions:  42 x 62 mm

Thickness:  2 mm

Weight:  51 g

Provenance:  Letter from Luz Long's family

1932 Central German Association (VMBV) Athletics Championship (Halle) Third Place Medal for Long Jump Awarded to Luz Long
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