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Erich Rademacher

Full name: Erich Rademacher
Nickname(s): Ete
Gender: Male
Born: January 9, 1901 in Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany
Died: April 3, 1979 in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Affiliations: SC Hellas Magdeburg, Magdeburg (GER)
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Water Polo, Swimming

Related Olympians: Brother of Joachim Rademacher.

Medals: 1 Gold, 2 Silver (3 Total)

Biography

Erich Rademacher won a gold medal with the German water polo team at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics, while in Los Angeles the team came in second and won the silver medal behind Hungary. Rademacher took silver and bronze at European Championships in 1931 in Paris and 1926 in Budapest, respectively. Representing SC Hellas Magdeburg, he was European Champion in the 200 m breaststroke in 1926-27. He won multiple German titles as follows\: 1918 in the 100 backstroke; 1919-1921 and 1923-1927 in the 100 breaststroke; 1928 in the 200 breaststroke; 1924-1928 in the 4×100 free relay, and 1924-1926, 1928-1931 and 1933 in water polo as well as others in less common disciplines. He set world records in 1920, 1921, 1923, 1925 and 1926 in the 400 metre breaststroke, in 1922 and 1927 in the 200 m breaststroke, in 1924 in the 200 yards breaststroke, and in 1925 in the 100 and 500 metre breaststrokes. By 1925 Rademacher was the owner of all breaststroke world records from 100 to 500 metres. He set 15 national records in Germany and appeared in 42 international water polo matches.

Rademacher toured the USA in 1926 and a year later made a swimming tour of Japan. He was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1972 and in 2008 into the Hall of Fame of German Sport. He also lent his name to a street and an indoor swimming pool in Magdeburg. Ete was the elder brother of Joachim Rademacher and was the world's best breaststroke swimmer of the 1920s, but had the misfortune that Germany was not admitted to the Games in 1920 and 1924. His respective best times were far below those of the individual winners at these Olympics. He belonged in the 1920s to the "Golden Sextet" of world elite swimmers alongside Arne Borg (SWE), Johnny Weissmuller, Gertrude Ederle, Duke Kahanamoku (USA) and Andrew Charlton from Australia.

During World War II Rademacher fought in Russia and remained in captivity until 1947. He suffered a face injury and did not like to be photographed afterwards. He worked as an insurance clerk in Braunschweig and later in Stuttgart. His son Ulrich won 11 German Championships between 1954-58 in swimming and set 37 German Records during this time. His second son Peter played for the German water polo team.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Summer 27 Amsterdam Water Polo Men's Water Polo Germany GER 1 Gold
1928 Summer 27 Amsterdam Swimming Men's 200 metres Breaststroke Germany GER 2 Silver
1932 Summer 31 Los Angeles Water Polo Men's Water Polo Germany GER 2 Silver

Men's Water Polo

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result G
1928 Summer 27 Amsterdam Water Polo Germany GER Final Round Match 1/2 1 1928-08-10 GER 5, HUN 2 0
1928 Summer 27 Amsterdam Water Polo Germany GER Quarter-Finals Match #4 1 1928-08-06 GER 5, BEL 3 0
1932 Summer 31 Los Angeles Water Polo Germany GER Round-Robin Match #1 1 1932-08-04 GER 7, BRA 3 0
1932 Summer 31 Los Angeles Water Polo Germany GER Round-Robin Match #3 2 1932-08-06 HUN 6, GER 2 0
1932 Summer 31 Los Angeles Water Polo Germany GER Round-Robin Match #6 1T 1932-08-09 USA 4, GER 4 0

Men's 200 metres Breaststroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1928 Summer 27 Amsterdam Swimming Germany Final 2 2:50.6
1928 Summer 27 Amsterdam Swimming Germany Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 2:56.6
1928 Summer 27 Amsterdam Swimming Germany Round One Heat Three 1 QU/OR 2:52.0
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