Björn Bach

Björn Bach (born June 21, 1976) is a German sprint canoer who competed from 1997 to 2006. Competing in two Summer Olympics, he won two silver medals in the K-4 1000 m (2000, 2004).

Björn Bach
Medal record
Men's canoe sprint
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2000 Sydney K-4 1000 m
Silver medal – second place 2004 Athens K-4 1000 m
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1997 Dartmouth K-4 1000 m
Gold medal – first place 1998 Szeged K-4 500 m
Gold medal – first place 1998 Szeged K-4 1000 m
Gold medal – first place 1999 Milan K-4 500 m
Gold medal – first place 2001 Poznań K-4 1000 m
Gold medal – first place 2005 Zagreb K-4 1000 m
Silver medal – second place 1997 Dartmouth K-4 500 m
Silver medal – second place 1999 Milan K-4 1000 m
Silver medal – second place 2002 Seville K-4 1000 m
Silver medal – second place 2005 Zagreb K-4 200 m
Bronze medal – third place 1997 Dartmouth K-4 200 m
Bronze medal – third place 2003 Gainesville K-4 1000 m

Born in Magdeburg he took up the sport at the age of thirteen.

Bach won a dozen medals at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships with six golds (K-4 500 m: 1998, 1999; K-4 1000 m: 1997, 1998, 2001, 2005), four silvers (K-4 200 m: 2005, K-4 500 m: 1997, K-4 1000 m: 1999, 2002), and two bronzes (K-4 200 m: 1997, K-4 1000 m: 2003).

His most recent success came at the 2006 European Championships, held in Račice, Czech Republic, where he won a K-4 1000 m bronze medal. At the 2006 ICF Flatwater Racing World Championships however, he finished outside the medals with a fourth in the K-4 1000 m, sixth in the K-4 500 m, and fifth in the K-4 200 m, thus putting to an end Bach's record of having won medals at seven consecutive world championships.

At club level he competes for his home-town club, SC Magdeburg and is trained by Guido Behling.

Height: 1.95 m (6' 5") Weight: 92 kg (14 st 7) (203 lb)

ReferencesEdit

  • German Canoeing Union (in German)
  • ICF medalists for Olympic and World Championships – Part 1: flatwater (now sprint): 1936–2007 at the Wayback Machine (archived 2010-01-05). Additional archives: Wayback Machine.
  • ICF medalists for Olympic and World Championships – Part 2: rest of flatwater (now sprint) and remaining canoeing disciplines: 1936–2007 at WebCite (archived 2009-11-09)
  • SC Magdeburg (in German)
  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Björn Bach". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2011-08-12.