Thomas Zereske

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Thomas Zereske
Medal record
Men's canoe sprint
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1997 Dartmouth C-2 200 m
Gold medal – first place 1998 Szeged C-2 200 m
Silver medal – second place 1990 Poznań C-1 500 m
Silver medal – second place 1995 Duisburg C-1 200 m
Silver medal – second place 1995 Duisburg C-2 200 m
Bronze medal – third place 1990 Poznań C-1 1000 m
Bronze medal – third place 1991 Paris C-4 500 m
Bronze medal – third place 1997 Dartmouth C-2 500 m
Bronze medal – third place 1998 Szeged C-2 500 m
Bronze medal – third place 1999 Milan C-2 200 m

Thomas Zereske (May 22, 1966 – June 28, 2004)[1] is a German, originally East German, sprint canoeist who competed from 1988 to 2000.[1][2]

Sporting career[edit]

Zereske won ten medals at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships with two gold medals (C-2 200 m: 1997, 1998), three silver medals (C-1 200 m: 1995, C-1 500 m: 1990, C-2 200 m: 1990), and five bronze medals (C-1 1000 m: 1990, C-2 200 m: 1999, C-2 500 m: 1997, 1998; C-4 500 m: 1991).[2]

Competing in three Summer Olympics, Zereske earned his best finish of fifth place three times (C-1 500 m: 1996 for Germany, C-2 500 m: 1988 for East Germany, 2000 for Germany).[1]

As the German national championships, Zereske won two C-1 200 m, three C-2 200 m, and four C-4 200 m titles.[3] He also won national championship in C-1 500 m three times and C-1 10000 m once.[4] Zereske earned a German national championship in the C-2 500 m event in 1997.[5]

Coaching career[edit]

After Zereske retired from canoeing, he became a coach of the German Dragon Boat racing national team.[6] As a coach, his teams won a complete set of medals in 2002 with a gold in the women's 500 m, a silver in the men's 500 m, and a bronze in the men's 250 m; and two silver medals in 2003.[6] The 2003 silvers were in the men's 500 m and women's 500 m events.[6]

Death[edit]

A native of Neubrandenburg,[1] Zereske died of leukemia in 2004.[7] Zereske had only been diagnosed with leukemia five days prior to his death.[6] His former canoeing partner Christian Gille wore a black armband in honor of Zereske during the 2004 Summer Olympic sprint canoeing events.[8] After Gille and his current teammate won the gold in the C-2 1000 m event at those games, Gille dedicated the medal to his fallen teammate.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Sports-reference.com profile. Retrieved on January 1, 2009.
  2. ^ a b ICF medalists for Olympic and World Championships - Part 1: flatwater (now sprint): 1936-2007.
  3. ^ German sprint canoe national champions: 1995-2003.(German) - accessed January 2, 2009.
  4. ^ German national champions in C-1: 1919-2003.(German) - accessed January 2, 2009.
  5. ^ German national champions in C-2: 1919-2003.(German) - accessed January 2, 2009.
  6. ^ a b c d German Wikipedia article on Zereske. (German) - accessed January 2, 2009.
  7. ^ a b Sportsinteractive.net August 27, 2004 results on the previous day's canoe sprint (then flatwater racing) final mentioning Zereske. Retrieved on January 1, 2009.
  8. ^ Wallechinsky, David and Jaime Loucky (2008). "Canoeing: Men's Canadian Pairs 1000 Meters." In The Complete Book of the Olympics: 2008 Edition. London: Aurum Press Limited. p. 484.