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Ewald Tilker

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameEwald•Tilker
Used nameEwald•Tilker
Born3 November 1911 in Herford, Nordrhein-Westfalen (GER)
Died8 September 1998 in San Francisco, California (USA)
AffiliationsHerforder KK, Herford (GER)
NOC Germany


Flatwater canoeist Ewald Tilker and his partner Fritz Bondroit appeared on the international scene in 1934 at the European Championships, winning the K-2 over 1,000 metres. Also in 1934, and again in 1935, they were the German K-2 Champions and then at the 1936 Berlin Olympics they won the silver medal.

At the 1936 Games the final proved to be a close affair, as at 600 metre mark, the Germans, Austrians, Swedes and Dutch were virtually level. As the Austrians sprinted away in the final stretch, the Swedish and German boats scrambled to keep up. In the mêlée, the Swedes bumped into the German boat, causing them to miss a few strokes. Sweden crossed the line second behind Austria, but was disqualified for interference, which meant the Germans (originally third) and the Dutch (originally fourth) moved up in the rankings. Tilker trained as a locksmith and received a scholarship from his home-town Herford after the Olympics to study engineering.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1936 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) GER Ewald Tilker
Kayak Doubles, 1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) Fritz Bondroit 2 Silver

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