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Ernst Hoppenberg

Full name: Ernst Hoppenberg
Gender: Male
Born: July 26, 1878 in Bremen, Bremen, Germany
Died: September 29, 1937 in Kirn, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
Affiliations: Bremer SV 1885
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

Ernst Hoppenberg was the son of the director of what was, at the time, the only public indoor swimming pool in Bremen. As a young boy he practiced swimming there and in the nearby River Weser, thus being predestined to become an elegant and fast swimmer. Before he participated in the Olympic Games in 1900, winning two gold medals, he was already a two-time German champion, both in the 100 m freestyle and backstroke. Hoppenberg’s Olympic Record in the 200 m backstroke, set in Paris, lasted until 1964 when this distance was again added to the program. He is an honoree of the International Swimming Hall of Fame since 1988. During his military service Hoppenberg was garrisoned in Kiel. As construction secretary he went to Tsingtao, now Qingdao, in China, which at the turn of the millennium was a German colony, and he founded a local swimming club there. In 1928 he took over his father’s job at the Bremen indoor pool, but nine years later Ernst Hoppenberg was involved in a car accident and died of thrombosis the next day.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1900 Summer 21 Paris Swimming Men's 200 metres Backstroke Germany GER 1 Gold OR
1900 Summer 21 Paris Swimming Men's 200 metres Team Swimming Deutscher Schwimm Verband Berlin GER 1 Gold

Men's 200 metres Backstroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1900 Summer 21 Paris Swimming Germany Final 1 OR 2:47.0
1900 Summer 21 Paris Swimming Germany Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 2:54.4

Men's 200 metres Team Swimming

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank TP T IP
1900 Summer 21 Paris Swimming Deutscher Schwimm Verband Berlin GER Final 1 32 2:35.4 1
1900 Summer 21 Paris Swimming Deutscher Schwimm Verband Berlin GER Final Heat One 1 1 2:35.4