I know Richard's "answer," but I think it's the wrong question.
I believe the German Championships were a closed meet, open only to Germans, as were most national championships of that time. The open championships I'm aware of were the AAA in Britain, the AAU in the U.S., the Canadian champs and the Australian champs, with possibly other British colonies also holding open championships.
I think Richard's question is not who won the German Championship, but who won the race, almost certainly running as a guest competitor as 3000m steeplechase races (with water jumps) were not frequently contested back then.
Bad phrasing on my part - Willy Göhrt won the title with 9:25.1, but didn't win the race. The only hint I can give is that this is not a British site, even if I am (British that is, not a site). If no-one gets it in the next 36 hours could you tell them, DJ [I'll be out of computer access till Sunday]
tandfman wrote:OK, that explains it all. Yes, it was Willy Göhrt whom I found listed as the German champion when I looked that up. No, I had never heard of him before. Yes, I certainly have heard of Joe McCluskey.
Glad we got that cleared up. I had eliminated McC since you hadn't heard of the winner, and I assumed you knew who McC was.
As it turns out a very interesting trivia question. My faith in RH is restored.