Bernhard Knubel

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameBernhard•Knubel
Used nameBernhard•Knubel
Born2 March 1938 in Brotdorf, Merzig, Saarland (GER)
Died23 February 1973 in Gelsenkirchen, Nordrhein-Westfalen (GER)
Measurements195 cm / 88 kg
AffiliationsRV Gelsenkirchen, Gelsenkirchen (GER)
NOC Germany
Nationality West Germany
Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1


Rower Bernhard Knubel won a gold medal in the coxed pairs together with Heinz Renneberg and Klaus Zerta at the 1960 Roma Olympics, also finishing as runner-up that year at the West German Championships. In 1959 Knubel came in third with Heinz Renneberg in the coxless pairs at the West German Championships. Knubel was also active as a handball player and a track & field athlete. The educated machine fitter died rather young at the age of 34 from cancer. He was the first gold medal winner from his hometown of Minden.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1960 Summer Olympics Rowing GER FRG Bernhard Knubel
Coxed Pairs, Men (Olympic) Unified Team of Germany 1 Gold