Full name: Kraft Schepke
Height: 6-2.5 (190 cm)
Weight: 196 lbs (89 kg)
Born: March 3, 1934 in Kaliningrad, Kaliningrad, Russia
Affiliations: ATV Ditmarsia Kiel, Kiel (GER)
Related Olympians: Brother of Frank Schepke.
Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
Born in KÃ¶nigsberg, Prussia (now Kaliningrad, Russia), Kraft Schepke and his younger brother [Frank Schepke] took up rowing while studying at the University of Kiel. As members of the universityâs rowing club ATV Ditmarsia Kiel, the Schepke brothers and [Karl-Heinz Hopp] from Ditmarsia joined six members of Ratzeburger Ruderclub to win the 1959 German coxed eights title. The same crew was selected to represent Germany at the 1959 European Championships, where they won gold. The next year, Ditmarsia and Ratzeburger Ruderclub again joined forces to win their second German coxed eights title and were selected to represent Germany at the 1960 Roma Olympics, where they were again victorious. In 1960, Ditmarsia crews, including the Schepke brothers also won the coxed and coxless fours titles at the German championships. The boat was consequently elected West German Team of the Year both in 1959 and 1960, and was awarded the Silver Bay Leaf in both years. In 1961, the Ditmarsia crew repeated their coxed fours victory at the German championships and were victorious in that event at the 1961 Europeans. The Schepke brothers retired from sports after the 1961 season and Kraft Schepke later worked with State Sports Federation of Lower Saxony (Landessportbund Niedersachsen) in Hannover.
|1960 Summer||26||Roma||Rowing||Men's Coxed Eights||Germany||GER||1||Gold|
|1960 Summer||26||Roma||Rowing||Germany||GER||Final Round||5:57.18|
|1960 Summer||26||Roma||Rowing||Germany||GER||Round One||Heat Two||6:03.34|