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Rüdiger Helm

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 3
Silver 0
Bronze 3
Total 6
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameRüdiger•Helm
Used nameRüdiger•Helm
Born6 October 1956 in Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (GER)
Measurements188 cm / 87 kg
AffiliationsSC Neubrandenburg, Neubrandenburg (GER)
NOC(s) East Germany

Biography

East German flatwater canoeist Rüdiger Helm became one of the world’s most successful sprint canoeists. He won 19 World Championship medals (ten gold, six silver and three bronze). He also won three gold and three bronze medals at Olympic Games. At Montréal in 1976 he won gold in the K-1 1,000, and bronze medals in the K-1 500 and K-4 1000. Four years later in Moscow he won gold in K-1 1000 and K-4 1000, and a bronze in the K-2 500 event.

Helm later turned to coaching, but became jobless after German re-unification. He then moved to Austria as chief coach until 1992. From 1992-2008 he was head of the local construction yard at Timmendorfer Strand. He then became National Coach of the Dragon Boat Class for one year, until 2009.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1976 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) Kayak Singles, 500 metres, Men Olympic 3 Bronze Representing East Germany    
  Kayak Singles, 1,000 metres, Men Olympic 1 Gold
  Kayak Fours, 1,000 metres, Men Olympic East Germany 3 Bronze
1980 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) Kayak Singles, 1,000 metres, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing East Germany    
  Kayak Doubles, 500 metres, Men Olympic Bernd Olbricht 3 Bronze
  Kayak Fours, 1,000 metres, Men Olympic East Germany 1 Gold

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1980 Summer Olympics 30 July 1980 Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) Kayak Doubles, 500 metres, Men Round One, Heat One 1:35.36 1

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