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Günter Perleberg

Full name: Günter Perleberg
Gender: Male
Height: 6-3.5 (192 cm)
Weight: 198 lbs (90 kg)
Born: March 17, 1935 in Brandenburg an der Havel, Brandenburg, Germany
Affiliations: SC Magdeburg, Magdeburg (GER)
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Canoeing

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

East German flatwater canoer Günter Perleberg was part of the gold medal winning 4 x 500 kayak relay together with [Dieter Krause] from East Germany, and [Paul Lange] and [Friedhelm Wentzke] from West Germany, which was the only mixed German team between 1956 and 1964 equally represented by West and East German athletes.

Perleberg won two medals for East Germany at the World Championships in 1963 (K4 1,000 gold, relay bronze). In 1959, 1961 and 1963 he won European titles in the K4. In 1957, 1959, 1960, and 1962 he claimed East German national titles in K2 500.

On the last day of the 1963 World Championships Perleberg fled from Jajce in Yugoslavia via Austria to Hannover in West Germany, where his pregnant girlfriend lived. During the qualification races for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics his presence led to a dispute between the East German and the West German delegations. The races had been scheduled for East Berlin, but Perleberg could not travel to East Germany. On the interference and advice of IOC President [Avery Brundage] the races were scheduled with Perleberg in Berlin-Grünau (West Berlin), and without him in Magdeburg (East Germany) and Duisburg (West Germany).

Perleberg then qualified for the 1964 Games with the West German team and earned another silver medal in the K4 1,000, which earned him the Silver Bay Leaf, the highest sports award in West Germany. By profession, Perleberg was a construction engineer.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 25 Roma Canoeing Men's Kayak Relay 4 × 500 metres Germany GER 1 Gold
1964 Summer 29 Tokyo Canoeing Men's Kayak Fours, 1,000 metres Germany GER 2 Silver

Men's Kayak Fours, 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Date
1964 Summer 29 Tokyo Canoeing Germany GER Final Round 1964-10-22
1964 Summer 29 Tokyo Canoeing Germany GER Semi-Finals Heat Two 1964-10-21
1964 Summer 29 Tokyo Canoeing Germany GER Round One Heat Two 1964-10-20

Men's Kayak Relay 4 × 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Date T
1960 Summer 25 Roma Canoeing Germany GER Final Round 1960-08-29 1:54.47
1960 Summer 25 Roma Canoeing Germany GER Semi-Finals Heat Two 1960-08-27 1:55.69
1960 Summer 25 Roma Canoeing Germany GER Round One Heat Two 1960-08-26 1:52.34
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