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Roswitha Esser

Full name: Roswitha Esser
Gender: Female
Height: 5-5.5 (167 cm)
Weight: 148 lbs (67 kg)
Born: January 18, 1941 in Bad Godesberg, Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Affiliations: Holzheimer SG, Neuss (GER)
Country: GER Germany, FRG West Germany
Sport: Canoeing

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

Sprint canoeist Roswitha Esser won two gold medals in the K2 at the 1964 Tokyo and the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games, alongside her teammate [Annemarie Zimmermann]. In 1964 Esser and Zimmermann were awarded the Silver Bay Leaf, the highest German sports award. Both were also elected 1964 Sportswomen of the Year. The pair represented the mixed German team in Tokyo and West Germany in 1968. In 1972 Esser came back with her new partner [Renate Breuer] and finished fifth at the Olympics.

Esser also won a gold medal at the 1963 Worlds with Zimmermann, and in 1970 with Breuer. In 1966 she added a silver medal in the K1, winning three silvers in K4 in 1963, 1966, and 1971, also adding a K4 bronze in 1970. At the European Championships Esser won gold in 1963 and bronze in 1969 with Zimmermann in the K2, also claiming K4 medals with a silver in 1969 and a 1965 bronze.

Domestically Esser won West German titles in K2 with Zimmermann in 1962-64, and 1968-69, with non-Olympians Irene Rozema in 1965, Erika Rekitt in 1966, and Roswitha Spohr in 1972. Esser also won the K1 title in 1965-67.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Canoeing Women's Kayak Doubles, 500 metres Germany GER 1 Gold
1968 Summer 27 Ciudad de México Canoeing Women's Kayak Doubles, 500 metres West Germany FRG 1 Gold
1972 Summer 31 München Canoeing Women's Kayak Doubles, 500 metres West Germany FRG 5

Women's Kayak Doubles, 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Date
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Canoeing Germany GER Annemarie Zimmermann Final Round 1964-10-22
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Canoeing Germany GER Annemarie Zimmermann Round One Heat Two 1964-10-20
1968 Summer 27 Ciudad de México Canoeing West Germany FRG Annemarie Zimmermann Final Round 1968-10-25
1968 Summer 27 Ciudad de México Canoeing West Germany FRG Annemarie Zimmermann Round One Heat One 1968-10-22
1972 Summer 31 München Canoeing West Germany FRG Renate Breuer Final Round 1972-09-09
1972 Summer 31 München Canoeing West Germany FRG Renate Breuer Round One Heat Two 1972-09-05
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