Wolfgang Lange

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameWolfgang•Lange
Used nameWolfgang•Lange
Born3 July 1938 in Lübz, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (GER)
Died29 October 2022
Measurements178 cm / 73 kg
AffiliationsBerliner TSC, Berlin (GER)
NOC East Germany Germany
Nationality East Germany


Flatwater canoer Wolfgang Lange was part of the mixed German team at the 1960 Roma Olympics. He placed seventh in the K1-1,000, and eighth with his longtime partner Dieter Krause in the K2-1,000. In 1968 Lange returned within the East German team and finished eighth in the K1-1,000.

At the World Championships, representing East Germany, Lange won a 1963 gold in K4-1,000, a silver in K2-1,000, and a bronze in the relay. He added another bronze in the 1966 K4-10K. In 1959, 1966 and 1968 Lange won the East German K1-1,000 title, also winning the K2-1,000 in 1959 and 1966, and adding an additional four K4 titles. Lange later became a longtime coach at his home club SC Magdeburg.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1960 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) GER GDR Wolfgang Lange
Kayak Singles, 1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 7
Kayak Doubles, 1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) Dieter Krause 8
1968 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) GDR Wolfgang Lange
Kayak Singles, 1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 8

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