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Holger Zander

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 1
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameHolger•Zander
Used nameHolger•Zander
Born24 May 1943 in Sankt Michaelisdonn, Schleswig-Holstein (GER)
Measurements176 cm / 78 kg
AffiliationsKKM, Köln (GER) / WSV Rheintreue, Düsseldorf (GER)
NOC Germany West Germany
Nationality West Germany


Sprint canoeist Holger Zander partnered with Heinz Büker at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics in the K2-1,000 metres, with the pair winning a bronze medal, for which they were both awarded the Silver Bay Leaf, the highest sports award in Germany. Zander also won a silver with the mixed German kayak fours. Zander and Büker won another bronze at the 1963 Worlds in the K2-500, adding a silver in 1966.

Zander came back in 1968 to Mexico City with his new partner Berni Schulz, but finished last in the final of the K2-1000, then representing West Germany. Domestically he claimed national K1 titles over 500 metres in 1963-64 and 1966-68, and over 1,000 metres in 1964 and 1966. In 1966, and from 1970-72 he also won West German national titles in the kayak relay. In 1967 Zander earned his last international medal with a bronze in the relay.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1964 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) GER FRG Holger Zander
Kayak Doubles, 1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) Heinz Büker 3 Bronze
Kayak Fours, 1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) Unified Team of Germany 2 Silver
1968 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) FRG Holger Zander
Kayak Doubles, 1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) Berni Schulze 9

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