Kersten Meier

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameKersten•Meier
Used nameKersten•Meier
Born23 February 1954 in Celle, Niedersachsen (GER)
Died3 April 2001 in Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen (GER)
Measurements191 cm / 83 kg
AffiliationsSVW 05, Würzburg (GER)
NOC West Germany


Kersten Meier was a freestyle swimmer who finished sixth with the West German 4x100 m freestyle relay team at the 1972 München Olympics. He also finished last in his 100 m freestyle semi-final and missed the final. At the 1974 Vienna European Championships, he won the relay gold medal, and at the Cali World Championships the following year, won the silver medal.

Meier committed suicide in 2004 by jumping from the Theodor-Heuss bridge in Düsseldorf. He left behind his wife, the former West German non-Olympian swimmer Iris Schöttke, and three children. By profession, Meier worked as a freelance business consultant.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1972 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) FRG Kersten Meier
100 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 16
4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) West Germany 6

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