Thomas Zereske

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Thomas Zereske
Medal record
Men's canoe sprint
World Championships
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1997 Dartmouth C-2 200 m
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1998 Szeged C-2 200 m
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1990 Poznań C-1 500 m
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1995 Duisburg C-1 200 m
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1995 Duisburg C-2 200 m
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 1990 Poznań C-1 1000 m
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 1991 Paris C-4 500 m
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 1997 Dartmouth C-2 500 m
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 1998 Szeged C-2 500 m
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 1999 Milan C-2 200 m

Thomas Zereske (May 22, 1966 June 28, 2004) [1] is a German, originally East German, sprint canoeist who competed from 1988 to 2000. [1] [2]

Germany Federal parliamentary republic in central-western Europe

Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany, is a country in Central and Western Europe, lying between the Baltic and North Seas to the north, and the Alps to the south. It borders Denmark to the north, Poland and the Czech Republic to the east, Austria and Switzerland to the south, France to the southwest, and Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands to the west.

East Germany former communist country, 1949-1990

East Germany, officially the German Democratic Republic, was a country that existed from 1949 to 1990, when the eastern portion of Germany was part of the Eastern Bloc during the Cold War. It described itself as a socialist "workers' and peasants' state", and the territory was administered and occupied by Soviet forces at the end of World War II — the Soviet Occupation Zone of the Potsdam Agreement, bounded on the east by the Oder–Neisse line. The Soviet zone surrounded West Berlin but did not include it; as a result, West Berlin remained outside the jurisdiction of the GDR.

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Sporting career

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). [2]

The ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships are an international event in canoeing, one of two Summer Olympic sport events organized by the International Canoe Federation. The World Championships have taken place every non-Olympic year since 1970 and officially included paracanoe events since 2010; since 2012, paracanoe-specific editions of this event have been held in Summer Paralympic years.

The 1997 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships were held in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada on Lake Banook.

The 1998 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships were held in Szeged, Hungary.

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). [1]

The men's C-1 500 metres event was an open-style, individual canoeing event conducted as part of the Canoeing at the 1996 Summer Olympics program.

1996 Summer Olympics Games of the XXVI Olympiad, in Atlanta

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The men's C-2 500 metres event was an open-style, pairs canoeing event conducted as part of the Canoeing at the 1988 Summer Olympics program.

As the German national championships, Zereske won two C-1 200 m, three C-2 200 m, and four C-4 200 m titles. [3] He also won national championship in C-1 500 m three times and C-1 10000 m once. [4] Zereske earned a German national championship in the C-2 500 m event in 1997. [5]

Coaching career

After Zereske retired from canoeing, he became a coach of the German Dragon Boat racing national team. [6] 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. [6] The 2003 silvers were in the men's 500 m and women's 500 m events. [6]

Death

A native of Neubrandenburg, [1] Zereske died of leukemia in 2004. [7] Zereske had only been diagnosed with leukemia five days prior to his death. [6] His former canoeing partner Christian Gille wore a black armband in honor of Zereske during the 2004 Summer Olympic sprint canoeing events. [8] 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. [7]

Neubrandenburg Place in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany

Neubrandenburg is a city in the southeast of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. It is located on the shore of a lake called Tollensesee and forms the urban centre of the Mecklenburg Lakeland.

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 Sports-reference.com profile. Retrieved on January 1, 2009.
  2. 1 2 ICF medalists for Olympic and World Championships - Part 1: flatwater (now sprint): 1936-2007 Archived 2009-01-21 at WebCite .
  3. German sprint canoe national champions: 1995-2003. (in German) - accessed January 2, 2009.
  4. German national champions in C-1: 1919-2003. (in German) - accessed January 2, 2009.
  5. German national champions in C-2: 1919-2003. (in German) - accessed January 2, 2009.
  6. 1 2 3 4 German Wikipedia article on Zereske. (in German) - accessed January 2, 2009.
  7. 1 2 Sportsinteractive.net August 27, 2004 results on the previous day's canoe sprint (then flatwater racing) final mentioning Zereske Archived May 14, 2005, at the Wayback Machine .. Retrieved on January 1, 2009.
  8. Wallechinsky, David and Jaime Loucky (2008). "Canoeing: Men's Canadian Pairs 1000 Meters." In The Complete Book of the Olympics: 2008 Edition. London: Aurum Press Limited. p. 484.