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Steffen Zesner

Full name: Steffen Zesner
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0.5 (185 cm)
Weight: 176 lbs (80 kg)
Born: September 28, 1967 in Herzberg, Brandenburg, Germany
Affiliations: Sportclub Dynamo Berlin/Sportclub Berlin
Country: GDR East Germany, GER Germany
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Silver, 3 Bronze (4 Total)

Biography

Steffen Zesner started at the 1988 Olympics for East Germany and in 1992 and 1996 for the reunified German team. During the mid-1990s he was the focus of the yellow press concerning his relationship with his teammate Franziska van Almsick, as they assumed a forthcoming "dream wedding". The ensuing legal battle with the yellow press "Das Neue Schnell und Aktuell" (The News Fast and Actual) lasted almost two years until it was resolved in favor of Zesner and van Almsick and "Das Neue Schnell und Aktuell" had to retract some of their statements. Nevertheless, the relationship broke down – possibly because of this stress.

Zesner won four relay medals at the Olympics between 1988 and 1996, adding a gold at the 1991 World Championship over 4×200 metres together with Peter Sitt, Stefan Pfeiffer and Michael Groß. At the 1995 European Championships, he won his only major individual title, winning the 400 freestyle. He then became severely ill from kidney stones and retired after the 1996 Olympics, founding his own sports consultancy company.

Results

Men's 100 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1988 Summer 20 Seoul Swimming East Germany Round One Heat Ten 3 QC 50.73

Men's 200 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1988 Summer 20 Seoul Swimming East Germany Final 6 1:48.77
1988 Summer 20 Seoul Swimming East Germany Round One Heat Eight 4 QU 1:49.13
1992 Summer 24 Barcelona Swimming Germany Final 7 1:48.84
1992 Summer 24 Barcelona Swimming Germany Round One Heat Six 3 QU 1:48.12

Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1996 Summer 28 Atlanta Swimming Germany Round One Heat Five 5 15:21.65

Men's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1988 Summer 20 Seoul Swimming East Germany GDR Final 3 3:19.82 49.52 3:19.82
1988 Summer 20 Seoul Swimming East Germany GDR Round One Heat Three 3 QU 3:20.47 50.05 3:20.47
1992 Summer 24 Barcelona Swimming Germany GER Final 3 3:17.90 49.78 2:29.10

Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1988 Summer 20 Seoul Swimming East Germany GDR Final 2 7:13.68 1:48.43 7:13.68
1992 Summer 24 Barcelona Swimming Germany GER Final 4 7:16.58 1:47.78 3:37.84
1996 Summer 28 Atlanta Swimming Germany GER Final 3 7:17.71 1:49.10 7:17.71
1996 Summer 28 Atlanta Swimming Germany GER Round One Heat One 2 QU 7:22.17 1:49.95 7:22.17
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