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Achim Hill

Full name: Achim Hill
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (184 cm)
Weight: 172 lbs (78 kg)
Born: April 1, 1935 in Köpenick, Berlin, Germany
Died: August 4, 2015 in Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Affiliations: BSG Motor Baumschulenweg, Berlin (GER)
Country: GER Germany, GDR East Germany
Sport: Rowing

Medals: 2 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Sculler Achim Hill won two silver medals with the mixed German team in 1960 at Roma and 1964 at Tokyo, becoming the first East German rower to win Olympic medals. He then finished fifth for East Germany at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. In 1957 he won his first East German title, the coxless pairs, while in 1959-60 and 1962-67 he won the single sculls titles. In 1959 and 1960 he also took the double sculls championships. At the 1966 Worlds he came in fourth and in 1967 he was European Champion just ahead of Soviet [Vyacheslav Ivanov], at the time the world’s dominant sculler.

Hill first studied airplane construction in West Berlin until the wall was raised and he then had to move to Dresden. He later married his teammate and non-Olympian Gisela Jäger. By profession he became an engineer for rail vehicles.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 25 Roma Rowing Men's Single Sculls Germany GER 2 Silver
1964 Summer 29 Tokyo Rowing Men's Single Sculls Germany GER 2 Silver
1968 Summer 33 Ciudad de México Rowing Men's Single Sculls East Germany GDR 5

Men's Single Sculls

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T
1960 Summer 25 Roma Rowing Germany GER Final Round 7:20.21
1960 Summer 25 Roma Rowing Germany GER Round One Repêchage Heat One 7:31.04
1960 Summer 25 Roma Rowing Germany GER Round One Heat One 7:23.55
1964 Summer 29 Tokyo Rowing Germany GER Final Round A Final 8:26.24
1964 Summer 29 Tokyo Rowing Germany GER Round One Heat One 7:40.49
1968 Summer 33 Ciudad de México Rowing East Germany GDR Final Round A Final 8:06.09
1968 Summer 33 Ciudad de México Rowing East Germany GDR Semi-Finals Heat One 7:48.56
1968 Summer 33 Ciudad de México Rowing East Germany GDR Round One Heat Three 7:47.23
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