Erich Hanisch

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1
RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameWilhelm Rudolf Erich•Hanisch
Used nameErich•Hanisch
Born28 March 1909 in Waltersdorf, Schönefeld, Brandenburg (GER)
AffiliationsPro Sport Berlin 24, Berlin (GER)
NOC Germany


Flatwater canoeist Erich Hanisch and his partner Willi Horn qualified for the K-2 over 1,000 metres for the 1936 Berlin Olympics as the German Champions, which they had won for the fifth year in a row in Olympic year. They, however, decided to enter the folding kayak F-2 event over 10 km instead and left Fritz Bondroit and Ewald Tilker to race the K-2 1,000. Horn and Hanisch won the silver medal in Berlin having been European Champions over 10 km in 1934.

Both were trained telegraph workers. Hanisch coached young race canoeists after World War II in Köpenick (GDR) up until 1976. In 1981 he moved to live legally with his daughter in West Berlin.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1936 Summer Olympics Canoe Marathon (Canoeing) GER Erich Hanisch
Folding Kayak Doubles, 10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) Willi Horn 2 Silver

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