Ernst KÃ¼ppers came in fifth in the 100 backstroke both at the 1928 Amsterdam and 1932 Los Angeles Olympics. At the 1934 Europeans he won a silver medal and in 1930 he was disqualified for unknown reasons although he had enjoyed a comfortable lead. In 1927-30, and 1932-33 KÃ¼ppers won German national backstroke titles.
In 1930 KÃ¼ppers married his teammate [Reni Erkens], with whom he had two children, Margot and [Ernst-Joachim KÃ¼ppers]. In 1953 Ernst KÃ¼ppers became head of the Nordhorn swimming bath and started a career as a swimming coach until 1965. His club Waspo Nordhorn won 50 national titles under his direction. He was also the regional swimming administrator of Lower Saxony in the 1960s.
|1928 Summer||23||Amsterdam||Swimming||Men's 100 metres Backstroke||Germany||GER||5|
|1932 Summer||28||Los Angeles||Swimming||Men's 100 metres Backstroke||Germany||GER||5|
|1928 Summer||23||Amsterdam||Swimming||Germany||Semi-Finals||Heat Two||2T||Q||1:14.2|
|1928 Summer||23||Amsterdam||Swimming||Germany||Round One||Heat Four||1||Q||1:14.0|
|1932 Summer||28||Los Angeles||Swimming||Germany||Final||5||1:11.3|
|1932 Summer||28||Los Angeles||Swimming||Germany||Semi-Finals||Heat One||2||Q||1:09.8|
|1932 Summer||28||Los Angeles||Swimming||Germany||Round One||Heat Two||2||Q||1:10.2|