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Günther Pfaff

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameGünther•Pfaff
Used nameGünther•Pfaff
Born12 August 1939 in Steyr (AUT)
Died10 November 2020 in Garsten (AUT)
Measurements177 cm / 73 kg
AffiliationsSV Forelle Steyr, Steyr (AUT)
NOC(s) Austria

Biography

Günther Pfaff competing in canoeing at four Olympic Games, those of 1964, 1968, 1972, and 1976, winning a bronze medal in 1968 in the K2-1000 alongside Gerhard Seibold. He and Seibold won a World title in 1970 in the same event, and Pfaff won four medals at the World Championships, adding a K4 silver in 1966, and in 1971, again alongside Seibold, won silver in the K2-1000 and bronze in the K2-500.

Pfaff’s career was spent with Steyrer Werke and Wiener Städtische Versicherung. He stayed active most of his life, until 2018 when he suffered a heart attack while hiking and was in poor health for his final two years. In 1996 Pfaff had been given the Golden Merit of the Republic of Austria for his achievements.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Representing 2nd NOC As
1964 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) Kayak Singles, 1,000 metres, Men Olympic 5 AUT Günther Pfaff
  Kayak Doubles, 1,000 metres, Men Olympic Kurt Heubusch DNS
  Kayak Fours, 1,000 metres, Men Olympic Austria 4 h3 r3/4
1968 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) Kayak Singles, 1,000 metres, Men Olympic DNS AUT Günther Pfaff
  Kayak Doubles, 1,000 metres, Men Olympic Gerhard Seibold 3 Bronze
  Kayak Fours, 1,000 metres, Men Olympic Austria 7
1972 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) Kayak Singles, 1,000 metres, Men Olympic 4 h3 r3/4 AUT Günther Pfaff
  Kayak Doubles, 1,000 metres, Men Olympic Helmut Hediger 7
1976 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) Kayak Singles, 1,000 metres, Men Olympic 6 h1 r3/4 AUT Günther Pfaff
  Kayak Doubles, 1,000 metres, Men Olympic Hans Peter Mayr 5 h1 r3/4

Other participations

Games Role Details
1976 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony

Special Notes