Gustav Zinke

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Gustav Zinke
Personal information
Birth nameGustav Philip Zinke
Born(1891-04-01)1 April 1891
Roudnice nad Labem, Austria-Hungary
Died11 November 1967(1967-11-11) (aged 76)
Ústí nad Labem, Czechoslovakia
Medal record
Men's rowing
Representing  Czechoslovakia
European Rowing Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1923 Como Men's single sculls
Bronze medal – third place 1924 Zürich Men's single sculls

Gustav Philip Zinke (1 April 1891 – 11 November 1967)[1] was a rower who represented Czechoslovakia at the 1920 Summer Olympics.[2]

Zinke's father was Prater Zinke, who was a pharmacist and had been a Mayor of Roudnice nad Labem for nearly thirty years, he also had been a pioneer in sports in the area, not only would Gustav follow in his father's footsteps and become a pharmacist, he would also become an all round sportsman.[1]

After 1918 Zinke went on to become the Czechoslovakian rowing champion five times[1] and was selected for the single sculls at the 1920 Summer Olympics being held in Antwerp, in his first round heat he finished in third place behind Jack Beresford from Great Britain,[3] who went on to win the silver medal and the Swiss rower Max Schmid, so he did't advance any further.[4]

Zinke went on to compete three times at the European Rowing Championships and twice returned home with bronze medals in 1923 in Como and one year later in Zürich.[5]

After retiring from racing, he kept active within the Czech Athletic Club and the Czech Rowing Union, as well as commuting for his normal job, which he was doing when aged 76 years old he fell under the wheels of a passing train.[1][5]


  1. ^ a b c d "The memory of Gustav Zinke". Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Gustav Zinke". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Gustav Zinke". Olympedia. Retrieved 28 August 2021.
  4. ^ "Rowing at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games: Men's Single Sculls Round One". Olympics at Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Historie a některé sociální aspekty klubového veslování v ČR" [History and some social aspects of club rowing in the Czech Republic]. Retrieved 2 July 2018.