Tomasz Wylenzek

Last updated
Tomasz Wylenzek Olympic Champion Canoe Sprint Tomasz Wylenzek.jpg
Tomasz Wylenzek Olympic Champion Canoe Sprint
Tomasz Wylenzek
Medal record
Men's canoe sprint
Olympic Games
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2004 Athens C-2 1000 m
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2008 Beijing C-2 1000 m
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2008 Beijing C-2 500 m
World Championships
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2005 Zagreb C-2 500 m
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2005 Zagreb C-2 1000 m
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2007 Duisburg C-2 1000 m
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2009 Dartmouth C-2 1000 m
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2011 Szeged C-2 1000 m
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2005 Zagreb C-2 200 m
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2006 Szeged C-2 200 m
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2007 Duisburg C-2 200 m
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2007 Duisburg C-2 500 m
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2010 Poznań C-4 1000 m

Tomasz Wylenzek (Polish : Tomasz Wylenżek) (born 9 January 1983 in Nowe Chechło, Silesia, Poland) is a German sprint canoeist who has competed since the early 2000s.

Wylenzek won two junior world championship titles in 2001 at Curitiba, Brazil. The following year, still only 19, he was promoted to the German senior squad as C-2 partner for the more experienced Christian Gille. At the 2002 World Championships in Seville, they finished seventh in the 500 m final.

At Wylenzek's first Olympics in Athens, he and Gille won a surprise gold in the C-2 1000 m event.

In 2005 Gille and Wylenzek completely dominated the C-2 event, showing that their Athens victory was not a fluke. A clean sweep of medals (200 m, 500 m and 1000 m) at the European Championships in Poznań, Poland, in May was followed by two golds (500 m and 1000 m) at the World Championships in Zagreb.

2006 proved a disappointment after the highs of the previous two years. Gille and Wylenzek lost out to Stefan Holtz and Robert Nuck in the German C-2 500 m trial and were therefore unable to defend their European and world titles over that distance. Wylenzek was philosophical as they lost their other titles too, coming away with just two silver medals at the major championships (European C-2 1000 m and world C-2 200 m).

Wylenzek won two more Olympic medals at Beijing in 2008 with a silver in the C-1 1000 m and a bronze in the C-2 500 m events. since those games, he has won two more world championships medals with a gold in 2009 (C-2 1000 m) and a bronze in 2010 (C-4 1000 m).

Wylenzek lives in Essen. He is 183 centimetres (6 feet 0 inches) tall and weighs 85 kg (187 lb).

Related Research Articles

Andreas Dittmer German canoeist

Andreas Dittmer is a German sprint canoeist. The dominant sprint canoeist of his generation in 1000 m races, he has won three Olympic and eight world championship gold medals.

Mitică Pricop is a Romanian sprint canoer who competed from the late 1990s to 2004. Competing in two Summer Olympics, he won two medals at Sydney in 2000 with a gold in the C-2 1000 m and a bronze in the C-2 500 m events with Florin Popescu. The following year, they were double European champions over 500 m and 1000 m.

Sándor Hódosi is a Hungarian sprint canoeist who competed in the late 1980s. At the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, he won a gold in the K-4 1000 m event.

The 2005 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships were held in Zagreb, Croatia, in August 2005.

Aleksandr Viktorovich Kostoglod is a Soviet-born, Russian sprint canoeist who has competed since the early 1990s. Competing in four Summer Olympics, he won three medals with two silvers and one bronze. Kostoglod is a six-time world champion gold medallist in the Canadian canoe (C) events.

Christian Gille German flatwater canoeist

Christian Gille is a German flatwater canoeist who has competed since the mid-1990s.

Ronald Rauhe German canoeist

Ronald Rauhe is a German sprint canoeist who has competed since 1997. Competing in five Summer Olympics, he won a complete set of medals in the K-2 500 m event. Rauhe has won 13 world championship gold medals, the most by a male kayaker; now with 23 World medals, in 2011 he exceeded the 20 of his compatriot, Torsten Gutsche.

Nikolay Lipkin Russian sprint canoer

Nikolay Lipkin is a Russian sprint canoeist who has competed since 2003.

Aleksandr Vladimirovich Kovalyov is a Russian sprint canoeist who has competed from 1997 to 2005.

The ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships are an international event in canoe racing, 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.

Andrey Tissin was a Russian sprint canoer who competed in the late 1990s and early 2000s (decade). He won four medals at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships with a gold, two silvers, and a bronze.

Silviu Simioncencu is a Romanian sprint canoer and three-time world champion in the Canadian canoe events.

Lutz Altepost German sprint canoeist

Lutz Altepost is a German sprint canoeist who has competed since the late 1990s. Competing in two Summer Olympics, he won a bronze medal in the K-4 1000 m event at Beijing in 2008.

Carolin Leonhardt German canoeist

Carolin Martina Leonhardt is a German sprint canoer who has competed since the 2000s. She won two medals at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens with a gold in the K-4 500 m and a silver in the K-2 500 m events. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she won a silver in the K-4 500 m.

Egil Søby Norwegian canoe racer

Egil Vike Søby is a retired Norwegian sprint canoeist. He competed in the four-man 1000 m sprint at the 1968 and 1972 Olympics and won a gold and a bronze medal, respectively. Between 1966 and 1971 Søby collected six medals in various events at the world and European championships, including two gold medals in K-4 10,000 m.

Ulrich Papke is an East German-German sprint canoeist who competed from the early 1980s to the mid-1990s. He won two medals at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona with a gold in the C-2 1000 m event and a silver in the C-2 500 m event.

Frank Fischer is an East German sprint canoer who competed from 1981 to 1986. He won nine medals at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships with four golds, three silvers, and two bronzes.

Thomas Zereske is a German, originally East German, sprint canoeist who competed from 1988 to 2000.

Michala Mrůzková is a former Czech female canoeist who won several medals at senior level at the Wildwater Canoeing World Championships. She also has competed since the mid-2000s in canoe sprint, when she won two medals at the 2006 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Szeged with a silver in the K-2 500 m and a bronze in the K-1 1000 m events.

Sebastian Brendel German sprint canoeist

Sebastian Brendel is a German sprint canoeist who has competed since 2007. Brendel is the reigning Olympic champion in the C-1 1000 metres and C-2 1000 metres events.

References