Reni Erkens

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameIrene Wilhelmine "Reni"•Erkens (-Küppers)
Used nameReni•Erkens
Born24 June 1909 in Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen (GER)
Died22 October 1987 in Nordhorn, Niedersachsen (GER)
AffiliationsAmateur Oberhausen / Hallescher SV
NOC Germany


Beside her appearance at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics, both in the 100 and 400 freestyle and with the freestyle relay (fourth), German swimmer Reni Erkens came in third with the relay at the 1927 Europeans. From 1926-30 she was German Champion in the 100 free, in 1929 also winning the 400 free. In 1930 she married her teammate Ernst Küppers, and had two children, Margot and Ernst-Joachim Küppers.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) GER Reni Erkens
100 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 4 h1 r1/3
400 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 4 h4 r1/3
4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Women (Olympic) Germany 4

Olympic family relations

Special Notes


Full name not Renate.