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Detlef Lewe

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 1
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameDetlef•Lewe
Used nameDetlef•Lewe
Born20 June 1939 in Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen (GER)
Died1 October 2008 in München (Munich), Bayern (GER)
Measurements190 cm / 90 kg
AffiliationsBertasee Duisburg, Duisburg (GER) / KVS, Schwerte (GER)
NOC Germany West Germany
Nationality West Germany

Biography

Detlef Lewe had a long and successful career as a canoer. He won three world titles in the Canadian Singles, including the 500 m/1000 m double in 1971, after winning silver in 1963 and gold in 1966 in C1 1000 m. Lewe also won two European titles (1965, 1967) and no less than 33 German titles. His Olympic career strechted four Games, winning two medals. He was rewarded for his long career and given the honour of carrying the West German flag at the opening ceremony of the 1972 Munich Games. Lewe, who was honoured by his home town Schwerte with the road to the boat house of his club being named after him, owned a butcher shop after he quit canoeing. His wife Barbara Lewe-Pohlmann-Schüttpelz also was a successfil canoer.

Lewe trained butcher and later owned a butchery in his hometown in Schwerte. When he retired in 1998 he sold his butchery and moved to Munich, where he died in 2008 after a short illness.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1960 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) GER FRG Detlef Lewe
Canadian Singles, 1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 6
1964 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) GER FRG Detlef Lewe
Canadian Doubles, 1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) Klaus Böhle 6
1968 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) FRG Detlef Lewe
Canadian Singles, 1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
1972 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) FRG Detlef Lewe
Canadian Singles, 1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1968 Summer Olympics 22 October 1968 Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) Canadian Singles, 1,000 metres, Men Round One, Heat Two 4:24.5 1

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1972 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony FRG Detlef Lewe

Olympic family relations

Special Notes