|Men's canoe sprint|
|1997 Dartmouth||C-2 200 m|
|1998 Szeged||C-2 200 m|
|1990 Poznań||C-1 500 m|
|1995 Duisburg||C-1 200 m|
|1995 Duisburg||C-2 200 m|
|1990 Poznań||C-1 1000 m|
|1991 Paris||C-4 500 m|
|1997 Dartmouth||C-2 500 m|
|1998 Szeged||C-2 500 m|
|1999 Milan||C-2 200 m|
Thomas Zereske (May 22, 1966 – June 28, 2004) is a German, originally East German, sprint canoeist who competed from 1988 to 2000.
Zereske won ten medals at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships with two gold medals (C-2 200 m: 1997, 1998), three silver medals (C-1 200 m: 1995, C-1 500 m: 1990, C-2 200 m: 1990), and five bronze medals (C-1 1000 m: 1990, C-2 200 m: 1999, C-2 500 m: 1997, 1998; C-4 500 m: 1991).
Competing in three Summer Olympics, Zereske earned his best finish of fifth place three times (C-1 500 m: 1996 for Germany, C-2 500 m: 1988 for East Germany, 2000 for Germany).
As the German national championships, Zereske won two C-1 200 m, three C-2 200 m, and four C-4 200 m titles.He also won national championship in C-1 500 m three times and C-1 10000 m once. Zereske earned a German national championship in the C-2 500 m event in 1997.
After Zereske retired from canoeing, he became a coach of the German Dragon Boat racing national team.As a coach, his teams won a complete set of medals in 2002 with a gold in the women's 500 m, a silver in the men's 500 m, and a bronze in the men's 250 m; and two silver medals in 2003. The 2003 silvers were in the men's 500 m and women's 500 m events.
A native of Neubrandenburg,Zereske died of leukemia in 2004. Zereske had only been diagnosed with leukemia five days prior to his death. His former canoeing partner Christian Gille wore a black armband in honor of Zereske during the 2004 Summer Olympic sprint canoeing events. After Gille and his current teammate won the gold in the C-2 1000 m event at those games, Gille dedicated the medal to his fallen teammate.
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