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FISCHER Birgit
FISCHER Birgit

Birgit FISCHER

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Birgit Fischer’s achievements in kayaking makes her one of the greatest Olympic athletes of all time.

A lifetime of achievement

By the time she graduated from her army sports boarding school, Fischer was already the youngest champion in the history of Olympic kayaking. She had won gold in the K1 500m at the 1980 Moscow Games aged just 20, setting the tone for her incredible career.

Olympic dominance

Fischer dominated the sport with an amazing run of victories. She won the World Championship in 1981, 1982 and 1983, only missing out at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games due to East Germany’s boycott.

Six Olympic golds

Despite being beaten in the singles final in Seoul in 1998, she won gold in the pairs hours later, and took gold in the fours the next day. She continued with singles gold and fours silver in Barcelona in 1992, then fours gold and pairs silver in Atlanta in 1996. In 2000, in Sydney, Fischer won yet another two golds in the fours and pairs.

Record holder

In Athens in 2004, Birgit came out of retirement for one last performance. Aged 42, she won the gold in the fours (K-4 500m) and silver in the double (K-2 500m). With 12, she is kayaking’s leading medal winner, and only Larissa Latynina (in artistic gymnastics) has won more Olympic medals. Fischer is also the only woman to win Olympic medals 20 years apart.

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KANURENNSPORT OLYMPISCHE SPIELE SYDNEY 2000

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 27: OLYMPISCHE SPIELE SYDNEY 2000, Sydney; FRAUEN/KAJAK/FINALE/2er K2; GOLD fuer Birgit FISCHER und Katrin WAGNER/GER (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
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Birgit Fischer Becomes an Olympic Kayaking Legend

Birgit Fischer is a kayaking legend and one of the greatest Olympic athletes of all time. During his Olympic career she has claimed 12 Olympic medals (8 golds and 4 silvers), and she has competed in 6 different Olympic Games. Fischer is the most decorated kayaking athlete and the only woman to have won Olympic medals 20 years apart. Birgit Fischer (GDR, GER) - Canoe Kayak Flatwater - Moscow 1980, Seoul 1988, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000
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Fischer and Wagner Team Up to Claim K2 500m Gold

Kayaking legend Birgit Fischer team with Katrin Wagner to achieve Olympic victory, claiming the K2 500m Olympic title. The German duo crosses the finish line in 1 minute 56.88 seconds, followed closely by the Hungarian pair, Katalin Kovacs and Szilvia Szabo. Aneta Pastuszka and Beata Soko?owska of Poland take the bronze medal home. Canoe Sprint K2 500m Women's Final - Sydney 2000 Summer Olympics - GER, HUN, POL
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Birgit Fischer, a kayaking legend

Birgit Fischer’s achievements in kayaking make her one of the greatest Olympic athletes of all time. She is also the only woman to win Olympic medals 20 years apart.

Results

  • Games
    Result
    Sport
    Event
  • S 1:39.533
    Canoe
    K-2 500m (kayak double) women
    G 1:34.340
    Canoe
    K-4 500m (kayak four) women
  • G
    Canoe
    K-4 500m (kayak four) women
    G 1:56.996
    Canoe
    K-2 500m (kayak double) women
  • S 1:39.689
    Canoe
    K-2 500m (kayak double) women
    G 1:31.077
    Canoe
    K-4 500m (kayak four) women
  • G 1:51.60
    Canoe
    K-1 500m (kayak single) women
    S 1:38.47
    Canoe
    K-4 500m (kayak four) women
  • G 1:43.46
    Canoe
    K-2 500m (kayak double) women
    G 1:40.78
    Canoe
    K-4 500m (kayak four) women
    S 1:55.31
    Canoe
    K-1 500m (kayak single) women
  • G 1:57.96
    Canoe
    K-1 500m (kayak single) women

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