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Klaus Bittner

Full name: Klaus Bittner
Gender: Male
Height: 5-11 (181 cm)
Weight: 187 lbs (85 kg)
Born: October 23, 1938 in Görlitz, Sachsen, Germany
Affiliations: Ratzeburger RC, Ratzeburg (GER)
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Rowing

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Klaus Bittner rowed with the Ratzeburger Ruderclub in the eights at both the 1960 and the 1964 Olympics, winning gold in 1960 and silver in 1964. Bittner started his rowing career at ATV Ditmarsia Kiel and in 1959 won German and European Championships, with the crew subsequently elected West German Team of the Year.

In 1960 Bittner claimed West German titles with Germania Düsseldorf 04 in the eights, the coxed fours, and the coxless fours, and the eights crew was elected West German Team of the Year. The crew was known as the “Ratzeburg” crew, even though their members came from both the Ratzeburg and Ditmarsia Kiel clubs, and their prowess was attributed partially to their new oar design. They won the first non-US gold in the eights since 1900.

In 1961 Bittner again rowed with Kiel and won the West Germans coxed fours, also winning at the Europeans. With the coxless fours from Ratzeburg he claimed another European title in 1963. In 1964 he rowed with Ratzeburger RC again in the eights and won German and European titles in addition to his Olympic silver. Bittner was awarded the Silver Bay Leaf in 1960. He worked first as a school teacher in Bad Segeberg and later in Esslingen near Stuttgart.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 21 Roma Rowing Men's Coxed Eights Germany GER 1 Gold
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Rowing Men's Coxed Eights Germany GER 2 Silver

Men's Coxed Eights

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T
1960 Summer 21 Roma Rowing Germany GER Final Round 5:57.18
1960 Summer 21 Roma Rowing Germany GER Round One Heat Two 6:03.34
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Rowing Germany GER Final Round A Final 6:23.29
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Rowing Germany GER Round One Heat One 5:54.02
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