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Göpf Kottmann

Full name: Gottfried "Göpf" Kottmann
Gender: Male
Height: 6-1 (186 cm)
Weight: 198 lbs (90 kg)
Born: October 15, 1932 in Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
Died: November 6, 1964 in Rüdlingen, Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Country: SUI Switzerland
Sport: Rowing

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Göpf Kottmann started rowing at age 13, with the Belvoir Ruderclub in Zürich. He became one of Switzerland's most versatile rowers, winning national titles in eight different events. In 1954 and 1955, he won the European title in the coxed pairs with Rolf Streuli and coxswain Walter Ludin. The boat was unable to compete at the Melbourne Olympics, as Switzerland was one of the few countries boycotting the Games due to the Hungarian Revolt. They won two more medals at the Europeans but Streuli and Kottmann also joined the national quadruple sculls boat, winning a European bronze in 1957. With his team mates retiring from rowing, Kottmann switched to the single sculls. In 1963, he won the Henley regatta, and reached the World Championships final, where he placed sixth after leading at the halfway point. At the Tokyo Olympics, he was more successful, taking home a bronze medal. Besides rowing, Kottmann was also an active bobsledder. As a crew-member of Max Angst, he won a World Championship bronze in 1961, as well as three Swiss titles in the four-man sled. Just a month after winning his Olympic medal, Göpf Kottmann drowned in Rhine while taking part in a military exercise as a frogman.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 27 Roma Rowing Men's Coxless Fours Switzerland SUI 6
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Rowing Men's Single Sculls Switzerland SUI 3 Bronze

Men's Single Sculls

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Rowing Switzerland SUI Final 8:29.68
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Rowing Switzerland SUI Round One Heat Three 7:43.70

Men's Coxless Fours

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T
1960 Summer 27 Roma Rowing Switzerland SUI Final 6:38.81
1960 Summer 27 Roma Rowing Switzerland SUI Round One Repêchage Heat Two 6:42.19
1960 Summer 27 Roma Rowing Switzerland SUI Round One Heat Three 6:43.48
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