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Josefa Idem-Guerrini

Full name: Josefa Idem-Guerrini
Gender: Female
Height: 5-9 (176 cm)
Weight: 148 lbs (67 kg)
Born: September 23, 1964 in Goch, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Affiliations: KV Herringen / WV Schierstein / ACK Standiana / Circolo Canottieri Aniene 1892
Country: FRG West Germany, ITA Italy
Sport: Canoeing

Medals: 1 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze (5 Total)

Biography

At the 2012 Olympic Games Josefa Idem-Guerrini set an Olympic record by becoming the first woman to compete at eight Olympic Games. Born in West Germany, she first competed at the Games in 1984, immediately wining a bronze medal with Barbara Schüttpelz in the K-2. Shortly after the Seoul Games, she moved to Italy. There, she met her new coach and future husband, Guglielmo Guerrini. The new partnership proved successful, winning her first World Championship medals in 1989. Starting in 1990, Josefa Idem competed for Italy, and she promptly won her first world title, in the K-1 500, adding a second one in the K-1 5,000 in 1991. The results at the Olympic Games were somewhat disappointing, finishing fourth in Barcelona and third in Atlanta. But Idem rose to the top again, winning another world title in 1998 (K-1 1,000), her first Olympic gold in Sydney and the double (K-1 500 and 1,000) at the 2001 World Championships in Poznań. After giving birth to her second child, she made a comeback at the Athens Olympics. While failing to defend her title, she still managed a silver medal. She repeated this at the Beijing Games, where she finished only 4/1000ths of a second behind the gold medallist, Inna Osypenko-Radomska. During her career she won five Olympic medals, and 22 World Championship medals, including five World golds.

Later she became involved in politics and in 2013 she became Minister for Gender Equality and Sports in the Italian government.

Results

Women's Kayak Singles, 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T L 2.5cT 2.5cR 2.5-5cT 7.5c-1kR
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Canoeing West Germany Final Round 9 2:01.80
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Canoeing West Germany Semi-Finals Heat One 3 QU 1:59.04
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Canoeing West Germany Round One Heat Three 3 QU 2:00.42
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Canoeing Italy Final Round 4 1:52.78
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Canoeing Italy Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU/OB 1:51.56
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Canoeing Italy Round One Heat One 3 QU 1:54.08
1996 Summer 31 Atlanta Canoeing Italy Final Round 3 1:48.731
1996 Summer 31 Atlanta Canoeing Italy Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 1:49.079
1996 Summer 31 Atlanta Canoeing Italy Round One Heat One 1 QU/OB 1:50.303
2000 Summer 35 Sydney Canoeing Italy Final Round 1 2:13.848
2000 Summer 35 Sydney Canoeing Italy Round One Heat Two 1 QU 1:49.889
2004 Summer 39 Athina Canoeing Italy Final Round 2 1:49.729 7
2004 Summer 39 Athina Canoeing Italy Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 1:50.844 5
2004 Summer 39 Athina Canoeing Italy Round One Heat Two 2 QC 1:50.466 4
2008 Summer 43 Beijing Canoeing Italy Final Round 2 1:50.677 4
2008 Summer 43 Beijing Canoeing Italy Round One Heat Two 1 QU 1:48.864 4
2012 Summer 47 London Canoeing Italy Final Round Final A 5 1:53.223 55.76 8 57.460 2
2012 Summer 47 London Canoeing Italy Semi-Finals Heat Three 1 Q 1:52.232 55.62 6 56.610 1
2012 Summer 47 London Canoeing Italy Round One Heat Two 3 Q 1:55.619 56.19 4 59.420 3

Women's Kayak Doubles, 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Date T
1984 Summer 19 Los Angeles Canoeing West Germany FRG Barbara Lewe-Pohlmann-Schüttpelz Final Round 1984-08-10 1:47.32
1984 Summer 19 Los Angeles Canoeing West Germany FRG Barbara Lewe-Pohlmann-Schüttpelz Round One Heat Two 1984-08-06 1:50.84

Women's Kayak Fours, 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Date T
1984 Summer 19 Los Angeles Canoeing West Germany FRG Final Standings 1984-08-11 1:42.68
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Canoeing West Germany FRG Final Round 1988-10-01 1:45.62
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Canoeing West Germany FRG Repêchage 1988-09-29 1:42.09
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Canoeing West Germany FRG Round One Heat Two 1988-09-27 1:43.43
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