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Walter Schröder

Full name: Walter Schröder
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10.5 (180 cm)
Weight: 172 lbs (78 kg)
Born: December 29, 1932 in Campow, Utecht, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany
Affiliations: Ratzeburger RC, Ratzeburg (GER)
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Rowing

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


Walter Schröder rowed with the eights in 1959, which won that year’s European title with an overwhelming margin of some 50 metres. The 1960 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 and were subsequently elected West German Team of Year, as they were in 1959. They were also awarded the Silver Bay Leaf in both 1959 and 1960, the highest German sports award.

Schröder later became a rowing teacher and coach. He also wrote several textbooks about rowing, partly together with his teammate [Hans Lenk]. Schröder became professor at the University of Hamburg and taught sports, especially rowing.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 27 Roma Rowing Men's Coxed Eights Germany GER 1 Gold

Men's Coxed Eights

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T
1960 Summer 27 Roma Rowing Germany GER Final Round 5:57.18
1960 Summer 27 Roma Rowing Germany GER Round One Heat Two 6:03.34
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