Olympic medalist

Leichum in 1938
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing Germany Germany
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1936 Berlin 4x100 metre relay
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 1934 Turin long jump
Gold medal – first place 1938 Paris long jump

Wilhelm Leichum (12 May 1911, Neu-Isenburg, Grand Duchy of Hesse – 19 July 1941, Gorky) was a German athlete who competed mainly in the long jump and 100 metres.

Leichum was born in Hesse. He competed for Germany in the 1936 Summer Olympics held in Berlin, Germany in the 4 x 100 metre relay where he won the bronze medal with his team mates Erich Borchmeyer, Erwin Gillmeister and Gerd Hornberger. He was also 4th in the long jump.[1] He was European Champion in the long jump both in 1934 and 1938.

He was killed in action during World War II.[2]


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Wilhelm Leichum Olympic Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Olympians Who Were Killed or Missing in Action or Died as a Result of War". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 24 July 2018.